The Orion Nebula OMC-1 Region

NICMOS's infrared vision reveals a chaotic, active star birth region (as seen in the right-hand image). Here, stars and glowing interstellar dust, heated by and scattering the intense starlight, appear yellow-orange. Emission by excited hydrogen molecules appears blue. The image is oriented with north up and east to the left. The diagonal extent of the image is about 0.4 light-years. Some details are as small as the size of our solar system.


Rodger Thompson, Marcia Rieke, Glenn Schneider, Susan Stolovy (University of Arizona); Edwin Erickson (SETI Institute/Ames Research Center); David Axon (STScI); and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:12 May 1997, 17:00
Size:611 x 743 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years

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Colours & filters

Infrared1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
Infrared1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope

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