Alt. Designations: NGC 1982
Object Type: emission nebula
Constellation: Orion
Distance: 1.3 kly
Right Ascension: 05h 35m 31.3s
Declination: -05° 16´ 03"
Visual Magnitude: 9
Apparent Dimension: 20.0´ X 15.0´
Best Month To View: Dec

M43 is also located in the constellation of Orion, and is actually part of M42, the Orion Nebula. It is visually separated from the rest of M42 by an impressive dark lane of dense dust. The dust actually lies between the nebula and us. If you could see M42 from the other side of the dust lane it would appear to be all in one piece. M43 is easily visible in a 4-inch telescope, but an 8-inch instrument will reveal dark features and details along the nebula's eastern border.