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M78

NGC 2068

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM78
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2068
ConstellationOrion
Right Ascension5h 46m 46s
Declination+0° 4' 45"
Distancec.1,400 light years
c.400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +8.30
Absolute: +0.21
DimensionsApparent: 8' x 6'
Actual: 3.2 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January

M78 is part of a chain of bright and dark nebulae running through the region northeastward of Orion's Belt, and forming part of the extensive Orion Molecular Cloud. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas

A nebula in the constellation of Orion. It lies a little to the north of Orion's Belt, but is too faint to be detected with the naked eye. It is formed by a cloud of glowing gases encasing a newly-emerged cluster of stars.

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