The Orion and Running Man Nebula imaged in the constellation of Orion. The Orion Nebula Messier 42 is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, South of Orion’s Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae and is visible to the naked eye as Orion’s Sword. M42 is 24 light years in diameter and 1,344 light years from Earth. The Running Man Nebula SH2-279 is situated above M42. This HII region is situated at 1,500 light years from earth. This image displays the first real nebula I witnessed and photographed, always bringing back memories of looking at the constellation of Orion in the deep frosty Winter.