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M 42 - NGC 1976 The Great Orion Nebula and (Sh2-279) The Running Man Nebula
Right Ascension 05h 35m 17.3s - Declination -05° 23.28′

Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with a Primalucelabs AIRY Apo 65F 420mm f/6.5 Astrograph
Camera SBIG STF 8300 CCD Mono, Filter's Baader Narrowband Ha 7nm

The Great Orion Nebula M 42 (also known as NGC 1976, is a deffuse nebula in the constellation Orion, 1344 light-years away from Earth. Situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orions Belt. It is one of the brightest nebula , and visible to the naked eye, and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. M 42 is estimated to be 24 light - years across. It has a mass about 2000 times of the Sun.

The Orion Nebula is the archetpal stellar nursery, with stars emerging from clouds of hydrogen gas and dust. It contains a very young open cluster , known as the Trapezium due to the asterism of its primary stars, and resides in an area of the nebula known as "Huygenian Region" (named after the 17th century astronomer and opticion Christian Huygens who first observed it in detail). The stars of the Trapezium , along with many other stars, are still in their early years.

The Trapezium is a relatively young cluster that has formed directly out of the parent nebula. The five brightest stars are on the order of 15-30 solar masses in size. They are within a diameter of 1.5 light-years of each other and are responsible for much of the illumination of the surrounding nebula. The Trapezium may be a sub-component of the larger Orion Nebula Cluster, a grouping of about 2,000 stars within a diameter of 20 light-years.

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