Proplyd in the Orion Nebula

Planet formation is a hazardous process. These four snapshots, taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, show dust disks around embryonic stars in the Orion Nebula being 'blowtorched' by a blistering flood of ultraviolet radiation from the region's brightest star. Within these disks are the seeds of planets. The doomed systems look like hapless comets, with wayward tails of gas boiling off the withering, pancake-shaped disks.


NASA/ESA, J. Bally (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO), H. Throop (Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO), C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:26 April 2001, 20:00
Size:378 x 378 px

About the Object

Name:M 42, Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Proplyd
Distance:1400 light years

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