The Great Orion Nebula

Stsci_1994-24a_1024

stsci_1994-24a June 13th, 1994

Credit: C.R. O'Dell/Rice University, NASA

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a region of the Great Nebula in Orion. This is one of the nearest regions of very recent star formation (300,000 years ago). The nebula is a giant gas cloud illuminated by the brightest of the young hot stars on the right side of the picture. Many of the fainter young stars are surrounded by disks of dust and gas that are slightly more than twice the diameter of the Solar System. The great plume of gas in the upper left in this picture is the result of the ejection of material from a recently formed star. The brightest portions are "hills" on the surface of the nebula, and the long bright bar is where Earth observers look along a long "wall" on a gaseous surface. The diagonal length of the image is 1.6 light-years. Red light depicts emission in Nitrogen; green is Hydrogen; and blue is Oxygen. The Orion Nebula star-birth region is 1,500 light-years away, in the direction of the constellation Orion the Hunter. The image was taken on 29 December 1993 with the HST's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/1994/news-1994-24

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Orion Nebula M42 NGC 1976
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Star Formation

Distance

Universescale1
1,400 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 18.2s
DEC = -5° 24’ 26.3”
Orientation
North is 75.4° CW
Field of View
2.4 x 2.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (OII) 502.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (H-alpha) 656.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (NII) 658.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
1994-24a
Subject Category
B.4.1.2  
Subject Name
Orion Nebula, M42, NGC 1976
Credits
C.R. O'Dell/Rice University, NASA
Release Date
1994-06-13T00:00:00
Lightyears
1,400
Redshift
1,400
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/1994/news-1994-24
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Distance in Lightyears
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
OII, H-alpha, NII, OIII, Ha
Central Wavelength
502, 656, 658
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
83.82593309250, -5.40730368750
Reference Dimension
4194.00, 4134.00
Reference Pixel
1846.06589727134, 1987.46996620678
Scale
-0.00000968572, 0.00000968572
Rotation
-75.43271245310
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
RA and DEC sexagesimal
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-p9424a-f-1493x1485.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p9424a-f-1493x1485.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1994/24, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1992/29, http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1994/10
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
1,400 light years