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Zodiac: Sagittarius
Nov 23 - Dec 21
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Messier 42 (Orion Nebula)

Messier object number 42 (NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula and in the constellation of Orion. It is also known as the Orion Nebula. It is approximately 1.33 million lightyears away from earth.
The Orion Nebula is one of the most famous deep-sky objects in the night sky. Being one of the brightest deep sky objects, it can be seen with the naked eye in dark parts of the Earth. Its full beauty is revealed in long exposed photographs. The Orion Nebula is a star birth area. New stars are formed from hydrogen gas, and the newly born stars stimulate the remaining hydrogen gas clouds to emit the typical red light.
Right ascension
5h 35m 19.75s (83.83230°)
The magnitude (brightness) is measured on a logarithmic scale. Small numbers mean bright stars: A star with a brightness of 1 mag is 100 times brighter that an star with 6 mag.
4 mag
not in database
The distance is measured in light years (LY). A light year is the distance, that light travels within one year. 1 LJ is equal to about 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
1.33 million1.33 mil ly
not in database
Messier NºMessier Nº
Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Orion (Orion)
Photograph of the center of the Orion Nebula.
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
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