Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

This picture shows glowing protoplanetary disks (first discovered with the Hubble in 1992, and dubbed "proplyds") that are believed to be embryonic solar systems that will eventually form planets. (Our solar system has long been considered the relic of just such a disk that formed around the newborn Sun). The abundance of such objects in the Orion nebula strengthens the argument that planet formation is a common occurrence in the universe.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:377 x 372 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, Orion Nebula, Orion Proplyd
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Proplyd
Distance:1400 light years

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Position (RA):5 35 18.32
Position (Dec):-5° 24' 11.54"
Field of view:0.29 x 0.28 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 44.4° left of vertical

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