M42: The Orion Nebula Wide

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noirlab_noao-m42steinberg June 7th, 2014

Credit: KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/Ryan Steinberg and Family/Adam Block

The most famous of all nebulae. Galileo missed this object entirely, but William Herschel had the eerie foresight to call it "the chaotic material of future suns."It's a star forming region all right, one of the closest at a mere 1600 lightyears. There is enough material here for 10,000 stars like the sun. The bright central region is an irregular cloud about six lightyears across. Four stars in the center (the Trapezium) have recently formed and provide the energy to light up the nebula.You can find this object in the Sword of Orion, just under the three famous belt stars. Binoculars are enough. This image was taken as part of Advanced Observing Program (AOP) program at Kitt Peak Visitor Center during 2014.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-m42steinberg/

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

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
M42
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 35m 24.7s
DEC = -4° 41’ 52.2”
Orientation
North is 79.0° CCW
Field of View
2.2 x 1.2 degrees
Constellation
Orion

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Luminosity KPNO-VC-RORO (Other CCD) Optical (Broad Band) 555.0 nm
Blue KPNO-VC-RORO (Other CCD) Optical (B) 438.0 nm
Green KPNO-VC-RORO (Other CCD) Optical (G) 475.0 nm
Red KPNO-VC-RORO (Other CCD) Optical (R) 625.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Luminosity
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
noao-m42steinberg
Subject Category
Subject Name
M42
Credits
KPNO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/Ryan Steinberg and Family/Adam Block
Release Date
2014-06-07T08:34:22
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao-m42steinberg/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Visitor Center Roll Off Roof Observatory, Visitor Center Roll Off Roof Observatory, Visitor Center Roll Off Roof Observatory, Visitor Center Roll Off Roof Observatory
Instrument
Other CCD, Other CCD, Other CCD, Other CCD
Color Assignment
Luminosity, Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Broad Band, B, G, R
Central Wavelength
555, 438, 475, 625
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.8529785947, -4.69782723876
Reference Dimension
1526.0, 853.0
Reference Pixel
355.136615753, 407.128433228
Scale
-0.00142959609611, 0.00143061595391
Rotation
79.039724066386
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
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
noao-m42steinberg
Metadata Date
2021-08-30T17:56:55+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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