Trapezium, Orion Nebula
The Orion nebula has a dramatic surface topography — of glowing gasses instead of rock — with peaks, valleys and walls. They are illuminated and heated by a torrent of energetic ultraviolet light from its four hottest and most massive stars, called the Trapezium, which are pictured here.
In addition to the Trapezium, this stellar cavern contains 700 hundred other young stars at various stages of formation. High-speed jets of hot gas spewed by some of the infant stars send supersonic shock waves tearing into the nebula at 100,000 miles per hour.
NASA, C.R. O'Dell and S.K. Wong (Rice University)
About the Image
|Release date:||20 November 1995, 06:00|
|Size:||751 x 829 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula, Trapezium Cluster|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open|
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
|Distance:||1400 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|