Maelstrom of Star Birth

This is a stunning picture of the most famous stellar factory. In the Orion Nebula hundreds of stars are being born, or are in the early stages of their infancy. Most fascinating is the discovery of small planetary systems being formed around some of the stars in this nebula.

This spectacular colour panorama of the center the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlessly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and S.K. Wong (Rice University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9545a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:2730 x 2940 px

About the Object

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

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 13.94
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 2.81"
Field of view:7.07 x 7.61 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.1° right of vertical

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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