Protoplanetary Disc in the Orion Nebula

Disks around young stars (also known as circumstellar or protoplanetary disks) are thought to be made up of 99% gas and 1% dust. Even that small amount of dust is enough to make the disks opaque and dark at visible wavelengths. The dark disk is seen in this image because they are silhouetted against the bright backdrop of the hot gas of the Orion nebula.

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:opo9545d
Type:Observation
Release date:20 November 1995, 06:00
Size:354 x 354 px

About the Object

Name:Messier 42, NGC 1976, Orion Nebula, Orion Proplyd
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Dark : Proplyd
• 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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