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Contains:  NGC 2071, M 78, NGC 2068, NGC 2067, NGC 2064
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M78 - Subaru/ESO/Gendler/Colombari/Paglioli, 


            Roberto Colombari
M78 - Subaru/ESO/Gendler/Colombari/Paglioli

M78 - Subaru/ESO/Gendler/Colombari/Paglioli

Technical card

Resolution: 3000x2133 job: 566808

RA center: 86.679 degrees

DEC center: 0.017 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.164 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -91.052 degrees

Field radius: 0.595 degrees


M78 - Subaru / ESO / G. Paglioli
The nebula Messier 78 (also known as M 78 or NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and included by Charles Messier in his catalog of comet-like objects that same year.

M78 is the brightest diffuse reflection nebula of a group of nebulae that include NGC 2064, NGC 2067 and NGC 2071. This group belongs to the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is about 1,600 light years distant from Earth. M78 is easily found in small telescopes as a hazy patch and involves two stars of 10th magnitude. These two stars, HD 38563A and HD 38563B, are responsible for making the cloud of dust in M78 visible by reflecting their light.

About 45 variable stars of the T Tauri type, young stars still in the process of formation as well as some 17 Herbig–Haro objects are known in M78.

Source: Wikipedia

Subaru bands: 656nm, 659nm and 671nm

L -> Subaru bands + ESO
RGB -> Incredible image by G. Paglioli ( + ESO

Subaru panels: approx. 600

Data: NASA/ESA/ESO/NAOJ/ G. Paglioli
Assembling and Processing (alph. order): Colombari/Gendler/Paglioli



Roberto Colombari
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M78 - Subaru/ESO/Gendler/Colombari/Paglioli, 


            Roberto Colombari

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