The Sword of Orion
Creator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA
This image shows a visible light view of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an industrious star-making region located near the hunter constellation's sword. The image is from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, headquartered in Tucson, Ariz.
In addition to Orion, two other nebulas can be seen. The Orion nebula, or M42, is the largest and takes up the lower half of the image; the small nebula to the upper left of Orion is called M43; and the medium-sized nebula at the top is NGC 1977.
Above the Orion nebula, where the massive stars have not yet ejected much of the obscuring dust, the visible image appears dark with only a faint glow.
Image Use Policy: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/info/18-Image-Use-Policy
- Image Type
- Object Name
- Orion Nebula • Messier 42 • M42 • NGC 1976
- Subject - Milky Way
- Nebula » Type » Star Formation
- Position (ICRS)
- RA = 5h 35m 16.3s
- DEC = -6° 0’ 51.2”
- North is 90.0° CW
- Field of View
- 1.4 x 0.8 degrees
|KPNO||Optical (B-band)||440.0 nm|
|KPNO||Optical (V-band)||550.0 nm|
|KPNO||Optical (R-band)||700.0 nm|