Deep Sky Objects Viewing
Orion Nebula and Pleiades, by Peter Sitterle
The Orion nebula, or Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976, is a diffuse nebula. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is at a distance of 1,34420 light years. It is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. It is south of the Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. Big as it is, the Orion nebula is just part of an even larger star-forming area known as the Orion complex.