Gas Plume From a Newborn Star in the Orion Nebula

Gas Plume From a Newborn Star in the Orion Nebula

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News release ID: STScI-1992-29
Release Date: Dec 16, 1992
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope picture of a hypersonic shock wave (lower right) of material moving at 148,000 miles per hour in the Orion Nebula, a star-forming region 1,500 light-years away.

Studies of similar objects infer that such highly supersonic shock waves are formed by a beam of material coming out of newly formed stars.

The plume is only 1,500 years old. The image is 112 light-year across.

This color photograph is a composite of separate images taken at the wavelengths of the two abundant elements in the nebula: Hydrogen and Oxygen. The images were taken with HST's Wide Field and Planetary Camera (in wide field mode), on August 13 and 14, 1991.

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Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA