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The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976)


The Great Orion Nebula is an emission/reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1.324-1.364 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 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 Great Orion Nebula was discovered in 1619 by Nicholas-Claude de Peiresc. 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 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.

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NameThe Great Orion Nebula
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Messier Id42
NGC Id1976
ConstellationOrion
TypeEmission/Reflection Nebula
Right Ascension05:35.4
Declination-05:27
Distance (Lt.Yr)1.324-1.364
Visual Brightness4.0
Apparent Dimension85x60
Apparent Magnitude4
Year of Discovery1619
DiscovererNicholas-Claude de Peiresc
The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976) Emission/Reflection Nebula in Orion