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

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9229b
Type:Observation
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
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

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