The Stunning Colors 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.

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.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:16 December 1992, 06:00
Size:2544 x 1824 px

About the Object

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

Image Formats

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Position (RA):5 35 16.50
Position (Dec):-5° 24' 5.17"
Field of view:1.36 x 0.98 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 205.2° right of vertical

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