NGC 1977 + NGC 1975 + NGC 1973
Image ID : N1977_02
Width3,968 pixels
Height2,632 pixels
300 dpi print width13.2 inches33.6 centimetres
300 dpi print height8.8 inches22.3 centimetres
NGC 1973 lies at the top right of this image, with NGC 1975 to its left. Below them runs a dark lane of obscuring gas and dust. Below the lane is the reflection nebula NGC 1977. These three nebulae make a shape that suggests a running man. The stars within this group are part of the Orion 1d subgroup, and are the youngest members of the Orion OB1 stellar association, with ages between 2 and 4 million years old.
Object type
Distance (ly)
Magnitude (app)
NGC 1977
Reflection nebula
Credit : Planetary Visions Limited / Jon Christensen.