Protoplanetary Discs in the Orion Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope discovered four protoplanetary disks around young stars in the Orion nebula, located 1, 500 light-years away. This is one of them. Gas and dust disks, long suspected by astronomers to be an early stage of planetary formation, can be directly seen in visible light by Hubble.

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:opo9545f
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:177 x 177 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 12.10
Position (Dec):-5° 19' 24.72"
Field of view:0.07 x 0.07 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.3° 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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