miq-e Šekârgar, ~ Orion
Fr.: Nébuleuse d'Orion
The best known ionized nebula and one of the nearest regions to the Sun in which stars are presently being formed. It is visible to the naked eye in the constellation → Orion south of Orion's Belt as a fuzzy patch. It lies about 1,500 light-years away and measures about 30 light-years across. The Orion Nebula is ionized and made visible by a small group of O and B type stars known as the Trapezium cluster. Other designations: M 42, NGC 1976. → Huygens Region ; → Orion Bright Bar.