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The Orion Nebula

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by smr, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. smr

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 6, 2008

    Posts: 8,046

    Location: Leicestershire

    The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being 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 2,000 times that of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.

    The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks, brown dwarfs, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula.

    [​IMG]M42-final-large-jpeg by Joel Spencer, on Flickr
     
  2. SupraWez

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 17, 2007

    Posts: 1,532

    Looking good :)