Edge-On Protoplanetary Disc in the Orion Nebula
Resembling an interstellar Frisbee, this is a disk of dust seen edge-on around a newborn star in the Orion nebula, located 1, 500 light-years away. Because the disk is edge-on, the star is largely hidden inside, in this striking Hubble Space Telescope picture. The disk may be an embryonic planetary system in the making. Our solar system probably formed out of just such a disk 4.5 billion years ago. At 17 times the diameter of our own solar system, this disk is the largest of several recently discovered in the Orion nebula.
The right image was taken through a different filter, which blocks any bright spectral emission lines from the nebula, and hence the disk itself is less distinctly silhouetted against the background.
About the Image
|Release date:||20 November 1995, 06:00|
|Size:||161 x 161 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
• Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||1400 light years|
Colours & filters
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|