Baby Stars Brewing in the Witch Head Nebula
Sig06 013

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/L. Rebull (SSC/Caltech)

Observation • May 19th, 2006 • sig06-013


Eight hundred light-years away in the Orion constellation, a gigantic murky cloud called the "Witch Head Nebula" is teeming with dust-obscured newborn stars waiting to be uncovered. In this image, the super sensitive infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals 12 new baby stars in a small portion of the cloud commonly referred to as the Witch Head's "pointy chin."

The image is a four-color composite where blue represents 3.6 microns, green depicts 4.5 microns, yellow is 5.8 microns, and red is 8.0 microns.

About the Object

Witch Head Nebula
Nebula > Type > Star Formation
800 Light Years

Color Mapping

Band Wavelength Telescope
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 7m 50.3s
Dec = -6° 21' 31.5"
Field of View
18.4 x 15.2 arcminutes
North is 1.1° left of vertical