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Large nebulousity in the constellation of Orion under its three star belt, The Orion Nebula or Messier 42 (M42) or NGC 1976.

Shot through Skywatcher telescope 120/600mm f/5 and Canon EOS 5D Mark II (set of two images taken at different exposures).

… is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion’s Belt in the constellation of Orion. 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 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.

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orion nebula, messier 42, m42, ngc 1976, diffuse nebula, orion, brightest nebulae, star formation, great orion nebula, astronomy, astronomical, astro imaging, astrophotography, astro photo, deep sky, deep sky objects

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