Starbirth

This mosaic shows the center of the Orion Nebula. Many of the nebula's details can't be captured in a single picture - any more than one snapshot of the Grand Canyon yields clues to its formation and history. Like the Grand Canyon, 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 lie near the center of the image.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:opo9545m
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:1792 x 2097 px

About the Object

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

Image Formats

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802.9 KB
Screensize JPEG
230.6 KB

Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 15.39
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 47.86"
Field of view:2.96 x 3.46 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 44.3° left 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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