The Orion Nebula (M42) -- Located in the constellation Orion
HOW TO FIND
THE ORION NEBULA:
That was pretty easy, right? Still, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back, because you've just found one of the coolest things you can see it the night sky. But that doesn't mean you should stop looking. There's plenty more to see!
Interesting Orion Facts
Orion, The Hunter, is probably the most well-known of all the constellations. Wielding his large club or sword, he cuts an imposing figure in the night sky. Two bright stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse, along with the three stars of his belt make Orion easy to find and recognize.
See the Most of the Orion Nebula
M42 & M13: courtesy of Tim Hunter and James McGaha, Grasslands Observatory at http://www.3towers.com; M31 & M45: courtesy of Herm Perez, http://home.att.net/~hermperez/default.htm; M8: courtesy of Bob Star, http://www.flickr.com/photos/52031391@N00/70287323 / CC BY 2.0
2009: The International Year of Astronomy
With the theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover," a United Nations agency is bringing astronauts, artists, scientists, academics, and others together during the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observation of the heavens in 1609.
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