The Orion Nebula's biggest stars

Packed into the centre of this region are bright lights of the Trapezium stars, the four heftiest stars in the Orion Nebula. Ultraviolet light unleashed by these stars is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. The dark speck near the bottom, right of the image is a silhouette of an edge-on disk encircling a young star. Another whitish-looking disk is visible near the bottom, left, just above the two bright stars. This disk is encased in a bubble of gas and dust.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, M. Robberto ( Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0601d
Type:Observation
Release date:11 January 2006, 16:00
Related releases:heic0601
Size:3939 x 2955 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, Messier 43, Orion Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 15.88
Position (Dec):-5° 23' 39.07"
Field of view:6.57 x 4.93 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

Notes: Additional observational data from the WFI instrument on the ESO.MPG 2.2-metre telescope.

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