Celestial Cloudscape in the Orion Nebula

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esahubble_potw2232a August 8th, 2022

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Bally Acknowledgement: M. H. Özsaraç

This celestial cloudscape from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures the colourful region surrounding the Herbig-Haro object HH 505. Herbig-Haro objects are luminous regions surrounding newborn stars, and are formed when stellar winds or jets of gas spewing from these newborn stars form shockwaves colliding with nearby gas and dust at high speeds. In the case of HH 505, these outflows originate from the star IX Ori, which lies on the outskirts of the Orion Nebula around 1000 light-years from Earth. The outflows themselves are visible as gracefully curving structures at the top and bottom of this image, and are distorted into sinuous curves by their interaction with the large-scale flow of gas and dust from the core of the Orion Nebula. This observation was captured with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) by astronomers studying the properties of outflows and protoplanetary discs. The Orion Nebula is awash in intense ultraviolet radiation from bright young stars. The shockwaves formed by the outflows are brightly visible to Hubble, but the slower-moving currents of stellar material are also highlighted by this radiation. That allows astronomers to directly observe jets and outflows and learn more about their structures. The Orion Nebula is a dynamic region of dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming, and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. As a result, it is one of the most scrutinised areas of the night sky and has often been a target for Hubble. This observation was also part of a spellbinding Hubble mosaic of the Orion Nebula, which combined 520 ACS images in five different colours to create the sharpest view ever taken of the region. Links Video of A Celestial Cloudscape in the Orion Nebula  

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/potw2232a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Orion Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 34m 40.4s
DEC = -5° 23’ 15.2”
Orientation
North is 10.9° CCW
Field of View
3.3 x 3.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (N II) 658.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (H-alpha + NII) 665.0 nm
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (OIII) 502.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
potw2232a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Orion Nebula
Credits
ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Bally Acknowledgement: M. H. Özsaraç
Release Date
2022-08-08T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/potw2232a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
N II, H-alpha + NII, OIII
Central Wavelength
658, 665, 502
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.66823765884547, -5.387568462212735
Reference Dimension
4008.0, 3947.0
Reference Pixel
2004.0, 1973.5
Scale
-1.390980374449171e-05, 1.390980374449171e-05
Rotation
10.879999999999944
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw2232a
Metadata Date
2022-08-04T02:04:39+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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