Proplyd in the Orion Nebula
Planet formation is a hazardous process. This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a dust disk around an embryonic star in the Orion Nebula being 'blowtorched' by a blistering flood of ultraviolet radiation from the region's brightest star. Within such a disk are the seeds of planets. The doomed system looks like a hapless comet, with a wayward tail of gas boiling off the withering, pancake-shaped disk.
A protoplanetary disk seen in silhouette against the Orion Nebula.
J. Bally (University of Colorado) and H. Throop (SWRI)
About the Image
|Release date:||26 April 2001, 20:00|
|Size:||600 x 600 px|
About the Object
|Name:||M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Proplyd|
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|Distance:||1400 light years|