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First Nebula

     Now you become a little more ambitious. You consult a star map such as the one from, John Walker, Sky Map Online or Heavens Above, and you manage to locate the constellation Orion in the dark of a clear January night in the northern hemisphere [click on images to enlarge]. According to your astronomy manual, the Orion Nebula, the 42nd Messier object, M42, is located below Orion's belt of three stars. After a little searching, a blurry image appears in your telescope:
You are excited – you have seen your first nebula!

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