The Orion A star-formation cloud seen by ESA’s Herschel space observatory. The Orion Nebula is located within the central bright region of this scene, where massive star formation is most intense. Cooler gas and dust is seen in red and yellow, with point-like sources the seeds of new stars.
The image is a composite of the wavelengths of 70 microns (blue), 160 microns (green) and 250 microns (red) and spans about 1.3 x 2.4 degrees. North is up and east is to the left.
Credits: ESA/Herschel/Ph. André, D. Polychroni, A. Roy, V. Könyves, N. Schneider for the Gould Belt survey Key Programme
- Observation object: ORION A
- Type: Nebula
- Instrument: Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS) & Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE)
- Observation date: 2014/08/07
- Right ascension: 5h 35m 24s
- Declination: -5° 23′ 28″
- Wavelength: 70-250 µm
- Width: 1051 px
- Height: 1951 px
- Upload date: 2014/08/07 – 15:49