The Virtual Amateur Astronomer®, Image of the Orion Nebula, M42, Internet Astronomy by Jupiter Scientific
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Now you become a little more ambitious. You consult
a star map such as the one from Telescope.com,
John Walker, Sky Map Online or
Heavens Above, and
you manage to locate the constellation
Orion in the dark of a clear January night in the northern hemisphere [click on images to enlarge]. According to your
astronomy manual, the Orion Nebula, the 42nd
Messier object, M42, is located below Orion's belt of three stars. After
a little searching, a blurry image appears in your telescope:
You are excited you have seen your first nebula!
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