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Edge-On Protoplanetary Disc in the Orion Nebula

Edge-On Protoplanetary Disc in the Orion Nebula


Depicts: M42, NGC 1976, The Great Nebula in Orion
Copyright: Mark McCaughrean (Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy), C. Robert O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA

Resembling an interstellar Frisbee, this is a disk of dust seen edge-on around a newborn star in the Orion nebula, located 1,500 light-years away. Because the disk is edge-on, the star is largely hidden inside, in this striking Hubble Space Telescope picture.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
25-Oct-2021 01:52 UT

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