Failing Stars

Stsci_2006-01h_1024

stsci_2006-01h January 11th, 2006

Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

The faint red stars in this close-up image are the myriad brown dwarfs that Hubble spied for the first time in the Orion Nebula in visible light. Sometimes called "failed stars," brown dwarfs are cool objects that are too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2006/news-2006-01

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 > Appearance > Emission

Distance

Universescale1
1,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 34m 56.5s
DEC = -5° 31’ 36.1”
Orientation
North is 0.3° CW
Field of View
6.6 x 5.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Green Hubble (ACS) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (Halpha) 658.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (i) 775.0 nm
Red Hubble (ACS) Optical (z) 850.0 nm
Blue ESO-2.2m Optical (B) 842.0 nm
Red ESO-2.2m Optical (Halpha) 856.0 nm
Red ESO-2.2m Optical ([S II]) 857.0 nm
Green ESO-2.2m Optical ([O III]) 965.0 nm
Hubble: October 2004 - April 2005; ESO Dec. 11, 2007
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
Red
Red
Blue
Red
Red
Green
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ID
2006-01h
Subject Category
B.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Orion Nebula , M42, NGC 1976
Credits
NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
Release Date
2006-01-11T00:00:00
Lightyears
1,500
Redshift
1,500
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2006/news-2006-01
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
The distance to the Orion Nebula is 1,500 light-years (460 parsecs).
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, ESO-2.2m, ESO-2.2m, ESO-2.2m, ESO-2.2m
Instrument
ACS, ACS, ACS, ACS, ACS, -, -, -, -
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red, Red, Red, Blue, Red, Red, Green
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, Halpha, i, z, B, Halpha, [S II], [O III]
Central Wavelength
435, 555, 658, 775, 850, 842, 856, 857, 965
Start Time
2004-10-12, 2004-10-12, 2004-10-12, 2004-10-12, 2004-10-12, -, -, -, -
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
H
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
83.73532077870, -5.52670553949
Reference Dimension
3939.00, 2955.00
Reference Pixel
4552.35064661786, 10236.36282355757
Scale
-0.00002794439, 0.00002794439
Rotation
-0.31420122903
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
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-p0601h-f-3939x2955.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p0601h-f-3939x2955.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2006/01
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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Universescalefull
1,500 light years