M42 Great Orion Nebula Complex-  1.25.2008
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Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS @ F/2 with HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel
Filters: Astronomik LP
Exposure:  331X 20 Seconds = 110 Minutes ISO 400
Time: 6.35:PM EST - 8:49PM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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The Orion Nebula complex is undoubtedly one of the
most famous and beautiful areas of the entire night sky.
It is easily visible to the unaided eye from a dark location
as a patch of brightness surrounding Theta Orionis, the
middle star in the sword of Orion the Hunter, the
constellation which dominates the winter night sky.
Located about 1500 light years away, the nebula glows
red predominantly from the light of hydrogen gas excited
by energetic newly formed stars in the heart of the
nebula. It is the nearest star forming region to our own
star, the Sun.

NGC 1975 , just to the right of M42 here, is a complex of
blue reflection nebulae mixed with dark lanes and a touch
of red emission nebulae. The blue color comes from
reflected starlight scattered by dust.

NGC 1975 is often overlooked because of its spectacular
neighbor, but is outstanding in its own right, being one of
the brightest reflection nebulae in the sky.