16 December 2016 | The Running Man

Running Man

Image credit: Peter Martin | Click image to enlarge

Image Data

  • Location: UK
  • Date: 6 November 2016
  • Camera: Starlight Express SXVR-H694
  • Optics: Orion Optics UK AG10
  • Mount: Avalon fast Linear
  • Filters: Astrodon LRGB, Ha 5nm
  • Exposure: Ha 13 subs @900 sec, L 18 subs @900 sec, RGB 8 subs @300 sec

NGC 1973/5/7 are reflection nebulae half a degree northeast of the Orion Nebula. The three NGC objects are divided by darker regions. It is also called The Running Man Nebula and Sharpless Catalog 279.

This object was named ‘The Running Man Nebula’ by Texas Astronomical Society member Jason Ware. Approximately 20 years ago his downstairs 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. Now widely accepted as ‘The Running Man’.

The blue areas in NGC 1973 and 1975 are generated by dust which reflects the light coming from hot young stars. The red glow from NGC 1977 in the bottom half is emitted by hydrogen atoms.

NGC 1973/5/7 are associated  with Orion’s molecular cloud.

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