NGC2174 - The Monkey Head Nebula
Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
NGC2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula, is a HII emission nebula. It is located about 6,400 light-years away from Earth.
Facts about NGC2174 by Keith Turnecliff
The stellar nursery contains many young stars that are embedded within the
surrounding dust and gas.
These stars emit intense ultraviolet radiation which ionises the hydrogen gas, making the nebula glow.