M 42 (Orion Nebula)

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The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42 or NGC 1976, is a diffuse nebula about 1,344 light-years away in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. This nebula is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth

NOTE: Also includes its two neighboring nebulae, Messier 43 and NGC 1977

Messier 42 (Orion Nebula), with the smaller neighboring nebula called Messier 43 (De Mairan's Nebula) on lower right

NGC 1977 (The Running Man Nebula) is only a few light-years away from Messier 42

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