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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
25 Nov 2017

29 Oct 2017

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:Friday November 24, 2017
Site:Laguna Niguel
Local Time:12:30 AM | Nov 25, 2017
Altitude:50
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:Celestron NightScape
f/ratio:f/6.3
Pixel Scale:1.45 arcsec
Image Size:1837 x 1375 pixels (2.5 MP)
44.4' x 33.2'
Exposure:30 sec
Stacked Frames:80
Shot Info:autoguided
Post Processing:sky flats
stacked with AA6
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