The ethereal strides of the Running Man Nebula come into view in this stunning night sky photo.
Astrophotographers Bob and Janice Fera took this image of NGC 1973, also known as the Running Man Nebula, on Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, from Eagle Ridge Observatory in Foresthill, Calif. The Feras used an Officina Stellare RC-360AST 14" f/8 Ritchey Chretien Cassegrain telescope with two-element field flattener to observe nebula. An Apogee Alta U16M CCD camera with Astrodon filters was used to capture the photo.
The Running Man Nebula is located roughly 1,500 light years from Earth in the constellation of Orion. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). It’s a reflection nebula, which mean it doesn't emit any visible light of its own, but rather is illuminated by the light from nearby stars. [50 Amazing Nebula Photos]
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Nina Sen is a freelance writer and producer who covered night sky photography and astronomy for Space.com. She began writing and producing content for Space.com in 2011 with a focus on story and image production, as well as amazing space photos captured by NASA telescopes and other missions. Her work also includes coverage of amazing images by astrophotographers that showcase the night sky's beauty.