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Evan Hazard, Northland Stargazing: Orion, perhaps the star of constellations

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Orion is now well up after dusk in the east-sotheast. It is one of the most recognizable constellations, and Messier 42, the “Great Nebula” in Orion’s sword, angling below the three stars in his belt, is the nearest conspicuous star nursery, only some 1,345 light-years away. Orion’s bright stars are closer than M42.

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