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.

Credit:

C.R. O'Dell and S.K. Wong (Rice University) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0019c
Type:Observation
Release date:24 August 2000, 07:00
Size:700 x 701 px

About the Object

Name:Trapezium Cluster
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 16.77
Position (Dec):-5° 22' 59.99"
Field of view:2.37 x 2.37 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.3° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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