In the sword of Orion, visible to the naked eye, is the Great Nebula in Orion, by far the most spectacular of all nebulae! It is bright and expansive, with a definite greenish cast. M-42 is strangely shaped, and lanes of abscuring dust can be identified -- including the "Fishmouth" which protrudes into the nebula. Wisps of filamentous gases can be observed. In the heart of the nebula is the "Trapezium", a multiple star. Over fifty variables are contaoned in the Orion Nebula, in which new stars are being born. Radio source.
|OTHER NAMES:||M-42; The Orion Nebula|
|SIZE:||66' x 60'|
|DISTANCE:||975 light years|
|POSITION:||05h 34m -05d 24'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||10/04/75|