Universe Guide

Home / Facts / Nebula

De Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982)

De Mairan's Nebula is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1.6 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 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. De Mairan's Nebula was discovered in 1731 by Jean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan. 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 .

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.

Fact File

NameDe Mairan's Nebula
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id43
NGC Id1982
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Right Ascension05:35.6
Distance (Lt.Yr)1.6
Visual Brightness9.0
Apparent Dimension20x15
Apparent Magnitude9
Year of Discovery1731
DiscovererJean-Jacques Dortous de Mairan