Edge-On Protoplanetary Disc in the Orion Nebula

Resembling an interstellar Frisbee, this is a disk of dust seen edge-on around a newborn star in the Orion nebula, located 1, 500 light-years away. Because the disk is edge-on, the star is largely hidden inside, in this striking Hubble Space Telescope picture.

Credit:

Mark McCaughrean (Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy), C. Robert O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9545c
Type:Collage
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:875 x 550 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Protostar
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Stars 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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