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Astr110 Photography Projects, Spring 2006

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NGC 1977, Josh Sterenberg

NGC 1977

The photograph above is the image of a nebula called NGC (New General Catalogue)1977. The "mist" surrounding the star light is actually fine dust particles that is being reflected. for this reason its is caracterized as a reflection nebula. "A reflection nebula is a cloud of dust which is simply reflecting the light of a nearby star or stars. The nearby star or stars are not hot enough to cause ionization in the gas of the nebula like in emmision nebulea but are bright enough to give sufficient scattering to make the dust visible." The NGC 1977 can be found by looking a 1/2 degree northeast of the Orion Nebula

The light blue mist of the nebula makes the NGC 1977 one of the most beautiful objects found in the winter sky. The angular size of the beauty is roughly 6 minutes, and the roughly 1500 light years away. There is no doubt that the glory of god can be found in this nebula. From the beauty of the nebula itself to the astronimical size and distance of it there is no doubt that God does exist.