NGC 1975 - NGC 1973 - NGC 1977

Object RA DEC Dimension Distance Object Type
NGC 1973 05h 35m 04.8s -04 43 55" 5.0 X 5.0 1.5 kly emission nebula
NGC 1975 05h 35m 18.0s -04 41 00" 10.0 X 5.0 1.5 kly emission nebula
NGC 1977 05h 35m 18.0s -04 49 15" 20.0 Dia. 1.5 kly emission nebula

Constelation:  Orion           Best Month to View:  Dec

 This beautiful grouping of reflection nebulae in Orion - NGC 1977, NGC 1975, and NGC 1973 - are usually overlooked in favor of the substantial glow from the nearby stellar nursery better known as the Orion Nebula. Found along Orion's sword just north of the bright Orion Nebula complex, these reflection nebulae are also associated with Orion's giant molecular cloud about 1,500 light-years away, but are dominated by the characteristic blue color of interstellar dust reflecting light from hot young stars. NGC 1977 stretches across the field just above below, separated from NGC 1975 (above left) and NGC 1973 (above right) by darker regions of obscuring dust.