Nebulae : Orion Nebula M42

Nebulae : M42 : Orion Nebula

These images show the Great Orion Nebula, M42, together with its smaller neighbor De Mairan's Nebula M43 which is actually a part of the Great Nebula. These bright nebulae are actually the brightest part of a huge cloud of interstellar gas and dust which is several hundred light years across.

This image is a color exposure, obtained by Bill Schoening with the 4 meter Mayall telescope of Kitt Peak National Observatory on October 1 1973 using Kodak Ektachrome film.

Photo : Bill Schoening : NOAO AURA NSF


24 May 2017 : : Nebulae : M42 : Orion Nebula