M42 - The Orion Nebula

Certainly a heavenly body...

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M42 - The Orion Nebula - note the satellite trail

Just has to be my best image to date - always a good nebula to look at, with the naked eye, through binoculars, telescopes or cameras...

M27 - The Dumbell Nebula

Another stunning image taken from my back garden this autumn...

Moonscape

The closest planet to earth - within easy reach of everyone to take photographs...

M57 - The Ring Nebula

One of my all time favourite images...

NGC7000 - The North American Nebula

My first nigfht just using my camera and 400mm lens on my mount...

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M42 - The Orion Nebula

One of the best celestial objects within the view of everyone

 

M42 - The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massiv star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Older texts frequently refer to the Orion Nebula as the Great Nebula in Orion or the Great Orion Nebula.

The Orion Nebula is one of the most scrutinized and photographed objects in the night sky, and is among the most intensely studied celestial features. The nebula has revealed much about the process of how stars and planetary systems are formed from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Astronomers have directly observed protoplanetary disks, brown dwarfs, intense and turbulent motions of the gas, and the photo-ionizing effects of massive nearby stars in the nebula. There are also supersonic "bullets" of gas piercing the hydrogen clouds of the Orion Nebula. Each bullet is ten times the diameter of Pluto's orbit and tipped with iron atoms glowing bright blue. They were probably formed one thousand years ago from an unknown violent event.