The Orion Nebula | Space

The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42 (or M42 for short),  is the nearest star-forming region to Earth, located approximately 1,350 light-years away and is about 2 million years old according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The billowing clouds of gas and dust are located in the Orion Constellation, just below Orion’s Belt

According to NASA, the majestic nebula can even be seen with the naked eye as it has an apparent magnitude of +4. The faintest object the human eye can see under the best conditions is +6 on the astronomical magnitude scale, according to Harvard University. It’s, therefore, no surprise that the Orion Nebula has captivated civilizations around the world. For example, the ancient Maya of Mesoamerica interpreted the nebula as the cosmic fire of creation, according to NASA.

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Astronomers believe the Orion Nebula generates enough water molecules to fill the Earth’s oceans 60 times over, in just a single day, according to ESA.  

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