The Unparalleled Beauty of the Night Sky ... Up Close
The Great Orion Nebula
M42 | Messier 42 | NGC 1976
The closest region of star formation to Earth, this diffuse nebula spans about 25 light years across and contains about 2,000 solar masses. It can be seen with the naked eye as a faint smudge beneath Orion's belt.


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All Images of The Great Orion Nebula
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11 Feb 2016
9 Feb 2016
21 Feb 2014
6 Oct 2013
19 Sep 2009
5 Oct 2005
12 Feb 2004
23 Nov 2003
21 Oct 2003
Details:
Night of:Monday October 20, 2003
Site:Ladera Ranch
Local Time:2:00 AM | Oct 21, 2003
Altitude:45
RA:05h 35m 17s
Declination:-5d 23' 28"
Distance:1345 light years
Magnitude:+4.0 mV
Size:65'x60'
Camera Settings:
Telescope:9.25-SCT
Camera:SBIG ST237A
f/ratio:f3.3
Pixel Scale:1.83 arcsec
Image Size:635 x 484 pixels (0.3 MP)
19.4' x 14.8'
Exposure:10 sec
Stacked Frames:20
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