Close-up of Three Protoplanetary Disks in the Orion Nebula

Stsci_1992-29c_1024

stsci_1992-29c December 16th, 1992

Credit: Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope picture of three protoplanetary disks, called "proplyds" in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region 1,500 light-years away. Each proplyd appears as thick disk with a hole in the middle where the cool star is located. Radiation from nearby hot stars "boils off" material from the disk's surface. This material is then blown back into a comet-like tail by a stellar "wind" of radiation and subatomic particles streaming from the hot stars. This material has only recently become illuminated by the hottest star of the Orion Nebula. Each picture is only 12.07 light-days across. Each picture element (pixel) is 50 astronomical units, or fifty times the average distance from the Earth to the Sun. This color photograph is a composite of separate images taken at the wavelengths of the two abundant elements in the nebula: Hydrogen and Oxygen, and the red image was made to isolate the star's image. The images were taken with HST's Wide Field and Planetary Camera (in wide field mode), on August 13 and 14, 1991.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/1992/news-1992-29

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

Image Details

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

Distance

Universescale1
1,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 13.1s
DEC = -5° 25’ 18.1”
Orientation
North is 7.8° CW
Field of View
0.1 x 0.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFPC) -
Green Hubble (WFPC) -
Red Hubble -
Stsci_1992-29c_1280
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ID
1992-29c
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Orion Nebula
Credits
Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA
Release Date
1992-12-16T00:00:00
Lightyears
1,500
Redshift
1,500
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/1992/news-1992-29
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Light years
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFPC, WFPC, -
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
83.80464415982, -5.42168903673
Reference Dimension
857.00, 818.00
Reference Pixel
-1483.02172566877, -335.14357518085
Scale
-0.00000137298, 0.00000137298
Rotation
-7.83705761643
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.2 revision 218+ by the Chandra X-ray Center FITS X FITS Y EPO X EPO Y 385.47 297.46 273.00 366.07 387.96 292.66 381.58 409.50 391.34 298.17 316.43 493.26 379.96 297.11 279.42 254.99 385.83 293.90 326.22 368.54 Center Pixel Coordinates: 428.50 83.80179341810 409.00 -5.41964255751
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p9229c-f-857x818.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p9229c-f-857x818.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1992/29
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
1,500 light years