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Messier 43
Messier 43 De Mairan's Nebula
Credit: NASA, ESA

M43 (NGC 1982) - De Mairan's Nebula

Messier 43 (NGC 1982), also known as the De Mairan's Nebula, is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation Orion, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M43 is 1,300 light years away from Earth.

M43 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 9, and can be viewed with binoculars. M43 is 20' x 15' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. De Mairan's Nebula
      1. Type:
      2. diffuse nebula
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1982
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 9
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 20' x 15'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 1,300 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 35.5m
      1. Dec:
      2. -5 16'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.