M 42 September 2010

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The Graet Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It isvisible to the naked eye. M42 is located at a distance of 1,350 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. This is RGB image, exp.times are 90 min in each channel.

M 42 September 2010