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The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976)

The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976) Emission/Reflection Nebula in Orion

The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976) is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1.324-1.364 kilo light years away in the constellation of Orion.

It is referred to as M(42) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(1976) 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 05:35.4 (R.A.) and -05:27 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 4.0 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 4 with an apparent dimension of 85x60 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

The Great Orionnebula (M42,NGC1976) is a emission/reflection nebula. It was discovered in 1619 by Nicholas-Claude de Peiresc. It's location is RA(05:35.4), Dec(-05:27) and its distance is calculated 1.324-1.364 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 4.0. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 85x60.

Fact File

NameThe Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976)
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id42
NGC Id1976
Right Ascension05:35.4
Distance (Lt.Yr)1.324-1.364 kilo
Visual Brightness4.0
Apparent Dimension85x60
Apparent Magnitude4
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1619
DiscovererNicholas-Claude de Peiresc

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