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The Orion Nebula (M42) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion’s Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1340 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth.
The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. Older texts frequently referred to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula
2 frames mosaic taken in Oct 12, 2007
Over 2.5 hours of expositions stacked.
Mizar 4.4" Newtonian Telescope
EQ6PRO equatorial mount with auto-guiding