Mintaka

messier 45,m45,seven sisters

Messier 45: Pleiades

  • by

Messier 45 (M45), also known as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters, is a bright open star cluster located in the constellation Taurus, the Bull. The Pleiades cluster has an apparent magnitude of 1.6 and lies at an averageĀ  distance of 444 light years from Earth. The cluster is also known as Melotte 22. It does not have an NGC designation.
Read More »Messier 45: Pleiades

orion nebula

Messier 42: Orion Nebula

  • by

Messier 42 (M42), the famous Orion Nebula, is an emission-reflection nebula located in the constellation Orion, the Hunter. With an apparent magnitude of 4.0, the Orion Nebula is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky and is visible to the naked eye. It lies at a distance of 1,344 light years from Earth and is the nearest stellar nursery to Earth. The nebula has the designation NGC 1976 in the New General Catalogue.
Read More »Messier 42: Orion Nebula