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Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is a glowing emission nebula with a greenish hue and is situated below Orion's Belt.

It is one of the brightest nebulae visible to the naked eye in the night sky.

M42 is one of the brightest diffuse nebula that can be seen in the night sky.

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