Orion Bullets Mosaic

Noirlab_gemini1307c_1024

noirlab_gemini1307c August 9th, 2013

Credit: International Gemini Observatory, J. Bally and A. Ginsberg (University of Colorado) and T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage)

This near-infrared image shows supersonic 'bullets' of gas and the wakes created as they pierce through clouds of molecular hydrogen in the Orion Nebula. The bullets are speeding outward from the cloud at up to 400 kilometers (250 miles) per second. This is more than a thousand times faster than the speed of sound. This image is a mosaic of three pointings with the GeMS multi-conjugate adaptive optics (AO) technology that corrects in real time for image distortions caused by Earth's atmosphere. Previous images of this region were obtained with GeMS at Gemini South and the Gemini Altair AO system at Gemini North. Both of these images can also be found on this gallery.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1307c/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Orion Bullets
Noirlab_gemini1307c_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 15.0s
DEC = -5° 21’ 46.1”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
2.9 x 3.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Luminosity Gemini-S (GeMS) Infrared (K) 2.2 µm
Orange Gemini-S (GeMS) Infrared (H2 1-0 S(1)) 2.1 µm
Blue Gemini-S (GeMS) Infrared (FeII) 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Luminosity
Orange
Blue
Noirlab_gemini1307c_1280
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ID
gemini1307c
Subject Category
Subject Name
Orion Bullets
Credits
International Gemini Observatory, J. Bally and A. Ginsberg (University of Colorado) and T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage)
Release Date
2013-08-09T00:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1307c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini South, Gemini South, Gemini South
Instrument
GeMS, GeMS, GeMS
Color Assignment
Luminosity, Orange, Blue
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
K, H2 1-0 S(1), FeII
Central Wavelength
2200, 2120, 1640
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.8125190052, -5.36279281067
Reference Dimension
8750.0, 11250.0
Reference Pixel
4375.0, 5625.0
Scale
-5.51583253913e-06, 5.51583253913e-06
Rotation
0.019999999999999993
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Gemini Observatory/AURA
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
gemini1307c
Metadata Date
2022-01-27T12:04:36.320601
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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