Imaged in Potter County. M42 blazes brightly in the constellation Orion. Popularly called the Orion Nebula, this stellar nursery has been known to many different cultures throughout human history. The nebula is only 1,500 light-years away, making it the closest large star-forming region to Earth. Because of its brightness and prominent location just below Orion’s belt, M42 can be spotted with the naked eye while offering an excellent peek at stellar birth for those with telescopes.
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