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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

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Failing Stars

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The faint red stars in this close-up image are the myriad brown dwarfs that Hubble spied for the first time in the Orion Nebula in visible light. Sometimes called "failed stars," brown dwarfs are cool objects that are too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does.

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

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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 The Orion Nebula's Biggest Stars Image Type: Astronomical The Orion Nebula's Biggest Stars Sculpting the Landscape Image Type: Astronomical Sculpting the Landscape Over the Edge Image Type: Astronomical Over the Edge

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