New Hubble image of NGC 2174

To celebrate its 24th year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released this beautiful new image of part of NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula.

NGC 2174 lies about 6400 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Hubble previously viewed this part of the sky back in 2011 — the colourful region is filled with young stars embedded within bright wisps of cosmic gas and dust.

This portion of the Monkey Head Nebula was imaged in the infrared using Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

Id:heic1406a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 March 2014, 10:00
Related releases:heic1406
Size:1858 x 1858 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2174
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission : H II Region
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Orion

Image Formats

Large JPEG
1.2 MB
Screensize JPEG
309.5 KB

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Wallpapers

1024x768
311.7 KB
1280x1024
500.3 KB
1600x1200
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Coordinates

Position (RA):6 9 9.88
Position (Dec):20° 27' 32.65"
Field of view:3.97 x 3.97 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 145.1° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Y
1.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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