Collection: Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula M78

M78, also affectionately known as the "Casper the Friendly Ghost Nebula," is a stunning reflection nebula located in the constellation of Orion. Discovered in 1780 by Pierre Méchain and cataloged by Charles Messier. Its ghostly appearance, characterized by delicate wisps of gas and dust illuminated by young stars, captivates the imagination, and offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the ongoing process of stellar birth and evolution in the universe.

  • Distance from Earth: Approximately 1,600 light-years away.
  • Size: M78 spans about 4 light-years in diameter.
  • Classification: It is a reflection nebula.
  • Designation: M78 is cataloged as Messier 78 in the Messier Catalogue.
  • Constellation: Located in the constellation of Orion.
  • Dimensions: The nebula has intricate wisps of gas and dust, intricately swirling within a 4-light-year diameter.
  • Visual Magnitude: M78 has a visual magnitude of around 8.3, making it visible with binoculars or small telescopes, but best observed under dark skies away from light pollution.