De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982) is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1600 light years away in the constellation of Orion.
It is referred to as M(43) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(1982) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.
The Emission/Reflection Nebula's location is 05:35.6 (R.A.) and -05:16 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 9.0 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 9 with an apparent dimension of 20x15 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
De Mairan's nebula (M43, NGC1982) is one of the few Messier objects named after the discoverer, Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan, a French astronomer. Jean-Jacques discovered the Emission/Reflection Nebula in 1731.
|Name||De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982)|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes|
|Year of Discovery||1731|
|Discoverer||Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan|