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M42, M43, and The Running Man

The Orion Nebula (also known as Messier 42, or NGC 1976) is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt in the Constellation Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night. M42 is located about 1,300 light years away and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Also photographed is M43 and the Running Man Nebula.

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