Orion in miniature

A massive star is illuminating this small region, called M43, and sculpting the landscape of dust and gas. Astronomers call the area a miniature Orion Nebula because of its small size and the single star that is shaping it. The Orion Nebula itself is much larger and has four hefty stars that are carving the dust-and-gas terrain.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0601c
Type:Observation
Release date:11 January 2006, 16:00
Related releases:heic0601
Size:3939 x 2955 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, Messier 43, Orion Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
775 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

Notes: Additional observational data from the WFI instrument on the ESO.MPG 2.2-metre telescope.


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