Hubble Probes the Great Orion Nebula

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a region of the Great Nebula in Orion, as imaged by the Wale Field Planetary Camera 2.

This is one of the nearest regions of very recent star formation (300,000 years ago). The nebula is a giant gas cloud illuminated by the brightest of the young hot stars at the top of the picture. Many of the fainter young stars are surrounded by disks of dust and gas, that are slightly more than twice the diameter of the solar system (or 100 Astronomical Units in diameter).

Credit:

C.R. O'Dell/ Rice University NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9410a
Type:Observation
Release date:14 January 1994, 06:00
Size:4194 x 4134 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
Constellation:Orion

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