Gas Plume From a Newborn Star
A NASA Hubble Space Telescope picture of a hypersonic shock wave (lower right) of material moving at 148,000 miles per hour in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region 1,500 light-years away.
Studies of similar objects infer that such highly supersonic shock waves are formed by a beam of material coming out of newly formed stars.
The plume is only 1,500 years old. The image is 112 light-year across.
This color photograph is a composite of separate images taken at the wavelengths of the two abundant elements in the nebula: Hydrogen and Oxygen. The images were taken with HST's Wide Field and Planetary Camera (in wide field mode), on August 13 and 14, 1991.Credit:
C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA
About the Image
|Release date:||16 December 1992, 06:00|
|Size:||2862 x 2111 px|
About the Object
|Name:||M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula|
|Type:||Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation|
|Distance:||1400 light years|
|Position (RA):||5 35 20.06|
|Position (Dec):||-5° 24' 53.94"|
|Field of view:||1.17 x 0.86 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 155.0° left of vertical|
Colours & filters
Hubble Space Telescope