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NGC 1977



NGC 1977: Runningman Nebula in Orion

RA = 5 hrs35 min; Dec = -4 deg 52 min.

Date & Site:

Imaged on 1/16/2015; Little Blair Valley, Anza Borrego, CA

Conditions: calm; 35 degrees; excellent seeing


Telescope: TEC 140mm Refractor (980mm fl) at f/7
Mount: AstroPhysics 1100
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10; Hutech OAG5 autoguider

Astrodon Gen II RGB filters


Exposures: 60 min each RGB (5 min subs 1x1) for a total of 3 hrs.

NGC 1977 is a complex nebula containing a diffuse reflection cloud (blue regions) and a bright hydrogen emission region (red region). The stars in this region are relativey young ranging from 2- 4 million years old. Using infrared wavelengths, scientists have identified a number of Herbig-Haro objects, and embedded protostars in the regions between NGC1977 and the larger M42 (Orion Nebula). According to Wikipedia, this object was named 'The Running Man Nebula' by Texas Astronomical Society member Jason Ware. Approximately 20 years ago his down stairs neighbor looked at the object and said it looked like a running man. He brought this up a TAS club meeting and the name stuck.

Located about 1,500 light years from earth

FOV =52 x 35 arc minutes

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