The Orion Nebula is the brightest diffuse nebula in the northern sky and also one of the brightest deepsky objects at all.
It is easily visible, even under moderately good conditions. It lies at a distance of about 1.300 light years.
The nebula is estimated to be approximately 24 light years across.
It contains a very young open cluster at the center, known as the Trapezium.
This nebula is one of the most photographed objects in the northern sky.
|Name||M42 – The Orion Nebula|
|Right ascension||05h 35m 17s|
|Declination||-05° 23′ 28″|
|Other designations||NGC1976, Sharpless 281, LBN 974|