M42 (NGC 1976) Great Orion nebula


Type Location r.a. dec. Size Magnitude Distance
Nebula Orion 5h35.4 -05°27' 30' 4 1.3 kly

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth.


See full size image

H-Alpha image

More from Wikipedia

Date Telescope Binning Exp Time (s) Special processing Notes
Dec 6, 2001 Centurion
L 1:1
RGB 2:1
L 3x30
R,G,B 30
LRGB, Max Entropy