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M 42 - The Orion Nebula

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Messier 42 The Orion Nebula

Probably one of the most photographed and studied nebula in the sky. The nebula can be viewed as a "fuzzy" star in the belt of Orion. The nebula is a stellar nursery where new stars are formed out of gravitational collapse of surround gas clouds. The interstellar gas is illuminated by ionizing radiation from stars located near the center, especially stars of the Trapezium, a grouping of four major O type stars forming a trapezoid figure.

Imaged with the ED80cft refractor and ZWO 1600 mono camera, and utilizing both short and longer exposures to help cover the dynamic range of the nebula.

Additional Info

  • Constellation: Orion
  • Right Ascension: 05h 35m 17.3s
  • Declination: −05° 23′ 28″
  • Distance (Lightyears): 1340
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