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An X-ray view of the Orion Nebula

Minimum credit line: Image courtesy of M. Güdel and ESA. (for details, see Conditions of Use).

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The images show the Orion nebula with a huge cloud of high-temperature gas discovered by XMM-Newton, resting in this spectacular nearby star-forming region. The left panel is an X-ray image obtained with XMM-Newton, with its European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC). The right panel shows the newly discovered hot gas cloud. This is a Spitzer infrared image of the Orion nebula overlaid with XMM-Newton X-ray data (in blue). The X-rays from this portion escaped absorption produced by patches of cold gas covering much of the front of the Orion nebula. The Orion nebula is the nearest dense star-forming region to Earth that contains stars much more massive than the Sun. XMM-Newton’s newly-discovered gas cloud is composed of winds blowing from these high-mass stars that are heated to millions of degrees as they slam into the surrounding gas.

Investigator(s):  M. Güdel et al.

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