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NGC 1977 - The Running Man Nebula

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK 12,5'' 12.5 CDK

Imaging camera: QSI 583wsg

Mount: apt1200gto AP1200

Software: CCD Autopilot 5

Resolution: 1200x954

Dates: Dec. 21, 2009

Frames: 16x300"

Integration: 1.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.04 days

Avg. Moon phase: 17.40%

Astrometry.net job: 1509690

RA center: 83.832 degrees

DEC center: -4.803 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.066 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.166 degrees

Field radius: 0.227 degrees

Locations: ImagingInfinity Observatory, Bethune, SC, United States

Description

NGC 1977, commonly referred to as the "Running Man" nebula, is a region of predominately blue reflection clouds of hydrogen in the Orion complex. It lies just north of M42, the great Orion Nebula. The region of dust near the bottom of the photo is the northernmost boundary of the M42 molecular cloud. Click here for a larger perspective. The dark lanes in front of the cloud give this region its name since they resemble a man running with outstretched arms.

NGC 1977 lies at a distance of 1460 light years.

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NGC 1977 - The Running Man Nebula, Hap Griffin