NGC 1973, NGC 1975 and NGC 1977

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NGC 1973, NGC 1975 and NGC 1977
Reflection nebula
NGC1977 Running Man Nebula from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter Schulman Telescope courtesy Adam Block.jpg
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension 05h 35m 15.45s
Declination -4 48' 23′ 06.7"
Distance 1,500 ly
Apparent magnitude (V) 7.0
Apparent dimensions (V) 40'x25'(1977) arcmins
Constellation Orion
Physical characteristics
Radius ~7.5 ly(1977),2 ly(1975),1 ly(1973) ly
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 1973/5/7 is a reflection nebula 1/2 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[clarification needed] 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'.

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