Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula
Probing deep within a neighborhood stellar nursery, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope uncovered a swarm of newborn brown dwarfs. The orbiting observatory's near-infrared camera revealed about 50 of these objects throughout the Orion Nebula's Trapezium cluster about 1,500 light-years from Earth.
The brown dwarfs are too dim to be seen in a visible-light image taken by the Hubble telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. This view also doesn't show the assemblage of infant stars seen in the near-infrared image. That's because the young stars are embedded in dense clouds of dust and gas. The Hubble telescope's near-infrared camera, the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer, penetrated those clouds to capture a view of those objects.
About the Image
|Release date:||24 August 2000, 07:00|
|Size:||700 x 701 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open|
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
|Distance:||1400 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|