Embracing Orion

This new view of the Orion A star-formation cloud from ESA’s Herschel space observatory shows the turbulent region of space that hugs the famous Orion Nebula.
The nebula lies about 1500 light years from Earth within the ‘sword of Orion’ – below the three main stars that form the belt of the Orion constellation.
In this view, the nebula corresponds to the brightest region in the centre of the image, where it is lit up by the Trapezium group of stars at its heart.
The scene is awash with turbulent star formation, the fierce ultraviolet radiation of massive new born stars blasting away their surrounding cloudy cocoons, carving ethereal shapes into the gas and dust.
Wispy tendrils rise like flames away from some of the most intense regions of star formation, while pillars of denser material withstand the searing blaze for longer.
Great arms of gas and dust extend from the Orion Nebula to form a ring, while a spine of cooler material weaves up through the scene to a halo of cloudy star-formation material above.
Embedded within the red and yellow filaments are a handful of point-like sources: these are protostars, the seeds of new stars that will soon ignite and begin to flood their surrounds with intense radiation.
The black regions to the top of the image and to the bottom right may seem like voids, but actually contain hints of much fainter emission that has not been emphasised in this image.

Image credit: ESA/Herschel/ Ph. André, V. Könyves, N. Schneider (CEA Saclay, France) for the Gould Belt survey Key Programme

Embracing Orion

This new view of the Orion A star-formation cloud from ESA’s Herschel space observatory shows the turbulent region of space that hugs the famous Orion Nebula.

The nebula lies about 1500 light years from Earth within the ‘sword of Orion’ – below the three main stars that form the belt of the Orion constellation.

In this view, the nebula corresponds to the brightest region in the centre of the image, where it is lit up by the Trapezium group of stars at its heart.

The scene is awash with turbulent star formation, the fierce ultraviolet radiation of massive new born stars blasting away their surrounding cloudy cocoons, carving ethereal shapes into the gas and dust.

Wispy tendrils rise like flames away from some of the most intense regions of star formation, while pillars of denser material withstand the searing blaze for longer.

Great arms of gas and dust extend from the Orion Nebula to form a ring, while a spine of cooler material weaves up through the scene to a halo of cloudy star-formation material above.

Embedded within the red and yellow filaments are a handful of point-like sources: these are protostars, the seeds of new stars that will soon ignite and begin to flood their surrounds with intense radiation.

The black regions to the top of the image and to the bottom right may seem like voids, but actually contain hints of much fainter emission that has not been emphasised in this image.

Image credit: ESA/Herschel/ Ph. André, V. Könyves, N. Schneider (CEA Saclay, France) for the Gould Belt survey Key Programme

  1. vampiricalevidence reblogged this from distant-traveller
  2. secretporcupine reblogged this from classicallyforbiddenregions
  3. kata-bell reblogged this from sokalkyle
  4. kiwininjasuperspy reblogged this from distant-traveller
  5. ghosts-in-this-machine reblogged this from limitlesscorrosion
  6. masbolle reblogged this from houseoffantasists
  7. hewhotalksloud-sayingnothing reblogged this from distant-traveller
  8. managerie76 reblogged this from emerlinusfinch
  9. lothiriel-starr reblogged this from doodleholic
  10. haim-o-ween reblogged this from doodleholic
  11. doodleholic reblogged this from physicsshiny
  12. genius-vision reblogged this from physicsshiny
  13. ilikethecolourblue reblogged this from distant-traveller
  14. backseatwonder reblogged this from distant-traveller
  15. insidiouskrypt reblogged this from czarcissistic
  16. fleamonkey reblogged this from houseoffantasists
  17. lady-ofthe-shield-arm reblogged this from limitlesscorrosion
  18. blackholesandrevalations reblogged this from distant-traveller
  19. sorrow-spell reblogged this from nexus-aosoth
  20. magneticmoments reblogged this from distant-traveller
  21. houseoffantasists reblogged this from alonza-alzimora
  22. littlelainahmonster reblogged this from zombiesontheisland
  23. ahsxogjahth reblogged this from distant-traveller
  24. musicisloveandlife reblogged this from apocalypicious
  25. moniqve reblogged this from distant-traveller
  26. zombiesontheisland reblogged this from peacefulvibes
  27. apocalypicious reblogged this from peacefulvibes
  28. mrowrawrhissbitch reblogged this from jormastr
  29. jormastr reblogged this from thephattestkat
  30. stargaze-amazed reblogged this from acid-hole

Theme NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY

Hit Counter