Orion "Bullets" with GeMS

This image is just one of millions of astronomical images processed using IRAF. Obtained during the late commissioning phase of the GeMS adaptive optics system, with the Gemini South AO Imager (GSAOI) on the night of 28 December 2012, it reveals exquisite details in the outskirts of the Orion Nebula. In this image, the blue spots are clouds of gaseous iron "bullets" being propelled at supersonic speeds from a region of massive star formation outside, and below, this image's field of view. As these "bullets" pass through neutral hydrogen gas they heat up the hydrogen and produce the pillars that trace the passage of the iron clouds. 

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:gemini1301a
Type:Observation
Release date:Jan. 8, 2013
Related releases:gemini1301
Related announcements:ann21037
Size:3983 x 3975 px

About the Object

Name:Orion Nebula
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 35 13.14
Position (Dec):-5° 20' 38.90"
Field of view:1.30 x 1.29 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.0° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Fe II
1.644 μmGemini South
GSAOI
Infrared
H2
2.122 μmGemini South
GSAOI
Infrared
Ks
2.15 μmGemini South
GSAOI