Gas Plume Near the Edge of the Orion Nebula
A NASA Hubble Space Telescope "true color" mosaic image of a small portion of the Orion Nebula, taken the Wide Field and Planetary Camera (in wide field mode).
Hubble shows a wealth of detail never seen before in the nebula. New features include: elongated objects oriented on the brightest stars in this region (which are located just off the edge of the picture); rapidly expanding plumes of material around young stars; and protoplanetary disks.
This color photograph is a composite of separate images taken at the wavelengths of three abundant elements in the nebula: Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. The images were taken August 13 and 14, 1991.
The image is 1.29 light-years across.Credit:
C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA
About the Image
|Release date:||16 December 1992, 06:00|
|Size:||2448 x 2369 px|
About the Object
|Name:||M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula|
|Type:||Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation|
|Distance:||1400 light years|
|Position (RA):||5 35 16.54|
|Position (Dec):||-5° 24' 58.88"|
|Field of view:||2.69 x 2.61 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 114.1° right of vertical|
Colours & filters
Hubble Space Telescope