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NGC 1977 - "The Running Man"

Description of object:

In the north of the Orion Nebula, which can be partly seen in the lower part of the image, a Moon-sized area of reflection nebulas can be found. These blueish nebulas around NGC 1977 belong to the Orion molecular cloud at a distance of about 1500 lightyears.

The interstellar dust mainly reflects the blue light from the embedded hot young stars. In the inner part of the nebula, the stellar radiation is strong enough to create a weak emission nebula with the shape of a running man.
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