Close-up of "Proplyds" in the Orion Nebula

Stsci_1994-24b_1024

stsci_1994-24b June 13th, 1994

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

A Hubble Space Telescope view of a small portion of the Orion Nebula reveals five young stars. Four of the stars are surrounded by gas and dust trapped as the stars formed, but were left in orbit about the star. These are possibly protoplanetary disks, or "proplyds," that might evolve on to agglomerate planets. The proplyds which are closest to the hottest stars of the parent star cluster are seen as bright objects, while the object farthest from the hottest stars is seen as a dark object. The field of view is only 0.14 light-years across. 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

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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 (OIII) 502.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Ha) 656.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (NII) 658.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
1994-24b
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
OIII, Ha, NII
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
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 265.43 1220.98 566.63 542.52 1225.47 273.03 3845.83 2495.57 1536.60 507.97 3423.87 3544.43 765.09 1358.50 545.62 2016.83 959.16 772.55 2288.36 2130.71 Center Pixel Coordinates: 2097.00 83.82605742633 2067.00 -5.40472621192
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-p9424b-f-510x381.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p9424b-f-510x381.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1994/24, 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