Proplyds

A Hubble Space Telescope view of a small portion of the Orion Nebula reveals five young stars. Four of the stars are surrounded by gas and dust trapped as the stars formed, but were left in orbit about the star. These are possibly protoplanetary disks, or 'proplyds',  that might evolve on to agglomerate planets.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9424b
Type:Observation
Release date:13 June 1994, 06:00
Size:510 x 381 px

About the Object

Name:M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Proplyd
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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