NGC 1976 & NGC 1977, The Heart of a Hunter

by on Jul.02, 2014, under Image Gallery

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The Orion & Running Man Nebulae

Two-frame Mosaic

The Orion Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas that resides in the constellation of Orion. This object spans 13 light-years across and contains over 3,000 stars. The nebula is located some 1,500 light-years from Earth, and appears in the winter sky for observers from the northern hemisphere.

Dust and debris orbits many of the stars that reside in this stellar nursery. This debris is thought to show the signs of the beginning of planet formation. Theta -1C, a star that is located in the central region of the Orion Nebula, is 210,000 times brighter than our very own Sun. This star’s surface temperature is roughly 72,000°F, and stellar winds surrounding the central region of the nebula travel at a rate of 22,000 to 112,000 mph.

Henry Draper became the first person to photograph this object in the year 1880, and his image of the Orion Nebula became the first deep-sky photograph ever taken.

Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico


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