Waid Observatory

Object: The Running Man Nebula
Date: Feb. 25 - Mar. 4, 2017    Location: The Davis Mountains west of Ft. Davis, Texas
Telescope: Stellarvue SV-102ED     Camera: SBIG ST-8300M
Exposure:   L = 180 min. - RGB = 75 min. each    Processed in CCDStack and Photoshop
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The Running Man Nebula


The Running Man Nebula 1

The Running Man Nebula is located just north of the more famous Great Orion Nebula.  It is made up of a grouping of reflection nebulae designated NGC 1977, 1975, and 1973.  It lies approximately 1,500 light years from the Earth.  The blue color in the nebula is due to reflected light being scattered by the gas and dust in the nebula.  The primary source of the illuminating light is the bright star 42 Orionis located just below the "running man" figure. The area of the Running Man is currently an active stellar nursery.

1 http://www.kopernik.org/images/archive/n1977.htm

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