Gas Plume Near the Edge of the Orion Nebula

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope "true color" mosaic image of a small portion of the Orion Nebula, taken the Wide Field and Planetary Camera (in wide field mode).

Hubble shows a wealth of detail never seen before in the nebula. New features include: elongated objects oriented on the brightest stars in this region (which are located just off the edge of the picture); rapidly expanding plumes of material around young stars; and protoplanetary disks.

This color photograph is a composite of separate images taken at the wavelengths of three abundant elements in the nebula: Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. The images were taken August 13 and 14, 1991.

The image is 1.29 light-years across.


C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:16 December 1992, 06:00
Size:2448 x 2369 px

About the Object

Name:M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years

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Position (RA):5 35 16.54
Position (Dec):-5° 24' 58.88"
Field of view:2.69 x 2.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 114.1° right of vertical

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