Orion Nebula detail

ESO Press Photo eso0104d shows a small section of the observational data (in one infrared spectral band only, here reproduced in B/W) on which ESO Press Photo eso0104a is based. The field is centred on one of the famous Orion silhouette disks (Orion 114-426) (it is located approximately halfway between the centre and the right edge of ESO Press Photo eso0104c ). The dusty disk itself is seen edge-on as a dark streak against the background emission of the Orion Nebula, while the bright fuzzy patches on either side betray the presence of the embedded parent star that illuminates tenuous collections of dust above its north and south poles to create these small reflection nebulae. Recent HST studies suggest that the very young Orion 114-426 disk — that is thirty times bigger than our present-day Solar System — may already be showing signs of forming its own proto-planetary system.

Crediti:

ESO/M.McCaughrean et al. (AIP)

A proposito dell'immagine

Identificazione:eso0104d
Tipo:Osservazione
Data di pubblicazione:17 Gennaio 2001
Notizie relative:eso0104
Dimensione:2273 x 2265 px

A proposito delll'oggetto

Nome:M 42, Messier 42, Orion Nebula
Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distanza:1300 Anni luce
Categoria:Nebulae

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