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NGC 1976, also known as M 42, the Orion Nebula or the Great Nebula in Orion, is an emission nebula located in the constellation Orion.

NGC 1976
Observation data: 2000.0 epoch
Constellation Orion
Type Emission nebula
Other designations Great Nebula in Orion, M 42, Orion Nebula



It lies to the south of Orion's Belt, visible to the naked eye. It includes the Trapezium, the quadruple star Theta Orionis (θ Orionis). It is the closest region of star formation to Earth.

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