Maelstrom of Star Birth
This is a stunning picture of the most famous stellar factory. In the Orion Nebula hundreds of stars are being born, or are in the early stages of their infancy. Most fascinating is the discovery of small planetary systems being formed around some of the stars in this nebula.
This spectacular colour panorama of the center the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlessly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon.
NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and S.K. Wong (Rice University)
About the Image
|Release date:||20 November 1995, 06:00|
|Size:||2730 x 2940 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Messier 42, Orion Nebula|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation|
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||1400 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|