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Messier M42 - Great Orion Nebula

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M42, also known as the Great Orion Nebula, is located in the constellation Orion, and is best viewed during Winter. The naked eye can see magnitude 6 objects (up to magnitude 8 under ideal dark sky conditions). For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size, or 1/2°.

      1. Name:
      2. Great Orion Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. Diffuse Nebula
      1. NGC:
      2. 1976
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 5
      1. Size:
      2. 85.0x60.0'
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 35.3m
      1. Dec:
      2. -5 23'
      1. Season:
      2. Winter

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