February 13, 1999
East Montpelier Vermont

Around 10:30

I viewed the Orion Nebula M42, and M43.

Boy is that a big sucker (M42). Located at a distance of about 1,600 (or 1500) light years, the Orion nebula is the brightest diffuse nebula in the Northern sky, and visible to the naked eye. If you are looking at Orion, find the belt, then look down at the sword. With the naked eye you'll see three pretty bright objects in the sword. The middle object is the nebula. You'll probably see a fuzzy big cloud there with your naked eyes. It's cool!

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