Orion & Running Man Nebula

Here is the best nebula ever – The Orion Nebula (M42) – the object in the middle. It is the brightest nebula (a cloud of gas) as seen from earth and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky in the dark areas. M42 is located at a distance of 1,344 ± 20 light years and is the closest region of massive star formation to Earth. The M42 nebula is estimated to be 24 light years across. It has a mass of about 2000 times the mass of the Sun. Observations of the nebula have revealed that approximately 700 stars are forming and if you look at it after a few million years, you will see this area with full of bright stars.

You can also see the Running man Nebula (a reflection nebula on the top-left), because it looks like a running man!

This is a 4 panel mosaic of this section of the sky. I took these images over  14 hours. Each of the 4 panels had about 30 images in Luminance of 5 minutes and then each color (R, G & B) were taken for 7 images of 3 minutes).

I stacked them into a 4 panel mosaic in Maxim DL and then used Pixinsight and Photoshop Elements to process them.


Years ago in 2016, I had taken this image on Stellarvue SV80S with 67 images of 3 min each.

Orion & Running Man

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