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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9545j
Type:Observation
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
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

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