The Seagull nebula got its name from resembling a gull in flight. IC 2177 is a region of nebulosity at the border of the constellation Monoceros and Canis Major.

It is a relatively bright nebula and measures nearly 240 ly across.

Two open star clusters are also visible in the image, NGC 2335 (top) + NGC 2343 (left of center).

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Name IC2177 – The Seagull Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Monoceros
Right ascension 07h 04m 25s
Declination -10° 27′ 18″
Distance 3.800 ly
Other designations Sh2-292, Gum 1