Denis Goričan orionova meglica

Denis Goričan: “The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42, is a vast cloud of gas and dust in Orion’s constellation.” It is one of the most studied and well-known nebulae in the sky and is visible to the naked eye on a clear night. Here are some interesting facts about the Orion Nebula:

Orion nebula – M42

I love astronomy. It opens new perspectives and makes me think about how fragile we are on our so-called Earth. Just a fragment in time, wandering in the endless emptiness of the Universe. Where ever on earth we are, when we look up, we look at the same stars, the same moon.

When we look up, we are looking at the same stars, the same moon.

– Denis Goričan

Here are some interesting facts about the Orion Nebula:

  1. The Orion Nebula is located about 1,300 light-years away from Earth, making it one of the closest star-forming regions to our planet.
  2. The Orion Nebula is an active star-forming region, meaning that it is currently undergoing the process of forming new stars. The nebula is home to numerous protostars, or stars that are in the process of forming, as well as many newborn stars that are only a few million years old.
  3. The Orion Nebula is a bright object in the sky, with a visual magnitude of 4.0. This means that it is visible to the naked eye on a clear night, and can even be seen from urban areas with light pollution.
  4. The Orion Nebula is a large object, with a diameter of about 40 light-years. It is part of a larger complex of gas and dust called the Orion Molecular Cloud, which is hundreds of light-years wide.
  5. The Orion Nebula is home to several notable celestial objects, including the Horsehead Nebula and the Flame Nebula. The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula located within the Orion Nebula that is shaped like a horse’s head, while the Flame Nebula is a bright emission nebula located to the east of the Orion Nebula.
  6. The Orion Nebula has been studied by astronomers for centuries and has played a significant role in our understanding of the universe. It has been used to study the life cycles of stars, the properties of gas and dust, and the formation of planetary systems.

Overall, the Orion Nebula is an interesting and fascinating object that continues to captivate scientists and stargazers alike.

I took this photo in December 2021 with Skywatcher 130/650 Explorer 130PDS OTA, Ioptron CEM26/GEM28, Canon 250D.

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