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Observe the Orion Nebula

It’s so visually stunning, you could almost sing its praises.
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What’s the top-ranked nebula in the entire night sky? The No. 1, must-see target for the backyard astronomer? By sheer grandeur, the hands-down winner would be the Carina Nebula. However, I can only guess at its visual splendor because it lies at a declination of –60° and I’ve never had the fortune to travel far enough south to spot it.

For that reason, I would cast my vote for the Orion Nebula. It’s smaller and fainter than the Carina Nebula, but it’s just 5° south of the celestial equator, making it accessible to virtually anyone on the planet. It’s a nebula for everyone!

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