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Zodiac: Libra
Sep 24 - Oct 23
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NGC 2174 (Monkey Head Nebula)

NGC 2174 (M 0) is a diffuse nebula and in the constellation of Orion. It is also known as the Monkey Head Nebula. It is approximately 6,400 lightyears away from earth.
The Monkey Head Nebula is a wonderful hydrogen emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is quite a huge object, about 75 lightyears in diameter. Photographs reveal glowing areas of bright gas covered by dark dust clouds.
Hydrogen emission nebulae are cradles for new stars. Gravity pulls the hydrogen gas closer and closer together until it eventually becomes so dense it can form a new star.
Right ascension
6h 9m 41.38s (92.42240°)
The magnitude (brightness) is measured on a logarithmic scale. Small numbers mean bright stars: A star with a brightness of 1 mag is 100 times brighter that an star with 6 mag.
6.9 mag
not in database
The distance is measured in light years (LY). A light year is the distance, that light travels within one year. 1 LJ is equal to about 5,878,630,000,000 miles.
6,4006,400 ly
not in database
Messier NºMessier Nº
Every star belongs to a constellation, and 12 of those constellations are part of the zodiac.
Orion (Orion)
Photograph showing dark clouds of dust in front of the emission nebula.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).
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