M43 (NGC 1982) and the Trapezium stars
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The Great Orion Nebula, M42 and M43, 
NGC 1976, ngc1976.jpg, m42.jpg, orion_nebula.jpg
Top left is NE. Image width is about 12 arc min
Image and text © 2000-2010, Australian Astronomical Observatory, photograph by David Malin.

Messier 43 (NGC 1982) is in intriguing and attractive object, usually overlooked because of its proximity to the more spectacular display of M42, the Orion nebula. Though it appears as number 43 in Messier's catalogue, it was first reported by de Mairan in 1731. Unlike the Orion nebula, with which it is certainly associated, it seems to be illuminated by a single star.

Related Images
AAT 19.   The Orion nebula
AAT 19a. The Orion nebula (wider field)
AAT 19b. The Orion nebula (wider field)
AAT 29.   The Trapezium stars in Orion
UKS 8.    The Great Nebula in Orion
UKS 23.   Faint nebulosity near Orion and Horsehead Nebulae
Constellation of Orion (external site)

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Updated by David Malin, 2010, August 1