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January 11, 2006 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-01

Hubble Panoramic View of Orion Nebula Reveals Thousands of Stars


Image: The Orion Nebula's Biggest Stars

The Orion Nebula's Biggest Stars

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Packed into the center of this region are bright lights of the Trapezium stars, the four heftiest stars in the Orion Nebula. Ultraviolet light unleashed by these stars is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. The dark speck near the bottom, right of the image is a silhouette of an edge-on disk encircling a young star. Another whitish-looking disk is visible near the bottom, left, just above the two bright stars. This disk is encased in a bubble of gas and dust.

Object Names: Orion Nebula, M42, NGC 1976

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team


The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Close-Up Images of the Orion Nebula Image Type: Astronomical Close-Up Images of the Orion NebulaPRC2006-01b Orion in Miniature Image Type: Astronomical Orion in Miniature Pillars of Gas Image Type: Astronomical Pillars of Gas Sculpting the Landscape Image Type: Astronomical Sculpting the Landscape Over the Edge Image Type: Astronomical Over the Edge Failing Stars Image Type: Astronomical Failing Stars

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