Staracle®.com
International Star Naming
The most popular free star naming service
Menu Name a star Star directory Astronomy NFTs
Menu Menu
Stars Name a star
Mail
Login
Login
Login  Login
Facebook
Imprint
Terms & Conditions
Privacy policy
Contact form
Donate
Zodiac: Sagittarius
Nov 23 - Dec 21
Read more about Sagittarius.
Do you want to buy a star? Check our tutorial before you spend money!

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.
Declination
-5.3847°
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.
Magnitude
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.
Distance
1.33 million1.33 mil ly
not in database
Messier NºMessier Nº
42
NGC NºNGC Nº
1976
Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Constellation
Orion (Orion)
Photograph of the center of the Orion Nebula.
Image credit: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
Disclaimer
While we take great care in compiling the data of all astronomical objects in our database, errors can never be ruled out completely. Therefore, no warranty is taken over for the correctness of the data, the descriptions, or the associated images. Staracle cannot be held liable for any damage, direct or indirect, that may result from incorrect data.
Your privacy is important to us! Clicking on the above button loads a Google Star Map from the Google servers and may place Cookies on your device. Please read our Privacy policy.

Name a star for free!

... because it is as real as if you pay! (Why?)
A personal star is the perfect gift for your loved ones. Your star's certificate is only a few clicks away.

ImprintTerms & ConditionsPrivacy policyRevocation RightImage copyrightContact formPress and media
staracle.comstaracle.co.ukstaracle.de