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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 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 (Apparent) Brightness is 9.00 Magnitude 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.

Fact File


NameDe Mairan's Nebula (M43, NGC1982)
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id43
NGC Id1982
ConstellationOrion
Right Ascension05:35.6
Declination-05:16
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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