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De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982) Facts

De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982) is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 1,600.00 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 (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 20x15 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, 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.

Travel Time to De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807361,457,862,236.96
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2691,398,449,052.94
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54699,223,615.16
New Horizons Probe33,00032,514,745.65
Speed of Light670,616,629.001,600.00

Fact File

NameDe Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982)
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id43
NGC Id1982
Right Ascension05:35.6
Distance (Lt.Yr)1600
Apparent Dimension20x15
Visual / Apparent Magnitude9.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1731
DiscovererJean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan

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