The cloud of gas and dust is 20,000 times larger than our own solar system. It is one of the most photographed and observed objects in the night sky. At one point, the Hubble Space Telescope took 520 pictures to create a giant mosaic of the Orion Nebula.

Hubble has taken new pictures of a colorful region in the Herbig-Haro object.

The Herbig-Haro objects can be found around newborn stars and formed after the collapse of gas clouds. Waves of gas and dust collide with each other at high speeds when stellar winds or jets of gas come from these infants.

The star IX Ori is said to have created the outflows seen here. The star is 1000 light-years away from Earth. There are gracefully curving structures at the top and bottom of the image. The large scale flow of gas and dust from the core distorts them into sinuous curves.

Astronomers studied the properties of outflows and disks with the help of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. Slower moving currents of stellar material are shown in the image. Analyzing the high-energy outflows from bright young stars is one of Hubble's specialties, since it allows them to learn more about their structures.

The Orion Nebula, one of the most studied objects in the sky. Image: NASA
The Orion Nebula, one of the most studied objects in the sky. Astronomers used 520 Hubble images, taken in five colors, to make this picture.Image: NASA/ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team.

The sources are NASA and the European Space Agency.