Running Man

April 27, 2022



Photographer: Greg Parker
Summary Author: Greg Parker; Jim Foster

This nebulous, heavy-armed running man looks like he’s in a full sprint mode, possibly trying to escape the pull of his own gravity. Observed here from the New Forest Observatory in Brockenhurst, Hampshire, U.K, the Running Man Nebula, some 1,300 light years away, was first discovered in 1786 by William Herschel. He’s made up of three separate nebulas associated with the Great Nebula (M 42) in the constellation of Orion. His reddened form is a result of faint red emission from hydrogen atoms, outlined in blue by a reflection nebula that reflects the light of relatively close by, young blue stars. Photo taken in January 2022.


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