Protoplanetary Discs in the Orion Nebula

These are Hubble Space Telescope images of four newly discovered protoplanetary disks around young stars in the Orion nebula, located 1, 500 light-years away. Gas and dust disks, long suspected by astronomers to be an early stage of planetary formation, can be directly seen in visible light by Hubble.

Credit:

Mark McCaughrean (Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy), C. Robert O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9545b
Type:Collage
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:600 x 715 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Proplyd
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:1400 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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