About the Image
- NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo, Ohio)
- Tom Megeath (Univ. of Toledo) Rob Gutermuth (SAO) Joe Hora (SAO) Lori Allen (SAO) Kevin Flaherty (Steward Obs.) John Stauffer (SSC) Lee Hartmann (Univ. of Michigan) James Muzerolle (Steward Obs.) Phil Myers (SAO) Nick Siegler (Steward Obs.) Erick Young (Steward Obs.) Giovanni Fazio (SAO)
About the Object
- Orion Nebula • Messier 42 • M42 • NGC 1976
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- 1,450 Light Years
|Infrared||3.6 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||4.5 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||5.8 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
|Infrared||8.0 µm||Spitzer IRAC|
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 5h 35m 16.3s
- Dec = -6° 0' 51.2"
- Field of View
- 0.8 x 1.4 degrees
- North is up
Orion's Inner Beauty
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, our closest massive star-making factory, 1,450 light-years from Earth. The nebula is close enough to appear to the naked eye as a fuzzy star in the sword of the popular hunter constellation.
The nebula itself is located on the lower half of the image, surrounded by a ring of dust. It formed in a cold cloud of gas and dust and contains about 1,000 young stars. These stars illuminate the cloud, creating the beautiful nebulosity, or swirls of material, seen here in infrared.
This image shows infrared light captured by Spitzer's infrared array camera. Light with wavelengths of 8 and 5.8 microns (red and orange) comes mainly from dust that has been heated by starlight. Light of 4.5 microns (green) shows hot gas and dust; and light of 3.6 microns (blue) is from starlight.
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Image Orion's Inner Beauty ssc2006-16a
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Image The Infrared Hunter ssc2006-16c
Image A Slice of Orion ssc2006-16d
Video Journey to Orion ssc2006-16v1
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