9 hours of exposure with more to come. Also called the 'Running Man' nebula because you can see what looks like the shadow of a man with his arms and legs extended. You can see quite a bit of dust above and below the nebula. The region of NGC 1977 represents the northern boundary of the OMC-2 and OMC-3 molecular cloud cores which is one of the most active sites of low and intermediate mass star formation known. A large number of energetic outflows, Herbig-Haro objects, and embedded protostars have been found in this region between NGC 1977 and M42-43 mostly at infrared wavelengths. The bright rim along the southwestern edge of NGC 1977 represents the interface of the nebula with its molecular cloud complex. If you take a look at my wide field image of the M42 region you can see NGC1977 just above M42. Taken December 7-12, 2012.