NGC2174 is an emission nebula in Orion (near the border with the constellation Gemini) which surrounds a small cluster of young and bright stars.
It is also sometimes referred to as the “Monkey Head Nebula”

The distance to NGC2174 is estimated at about 6.500 light-years.

Other versions

Previous/older images:

Dec 30, 2008 – Canon 350D (TMB/LOMO 80/480 4h 40m)

Image data

Name NGC2174
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Orion
Right ascension 06h 09m 42s
Declination +20° 29′ 00″
Distance 6.500 ly
Other designations Sh2-252, Monkey Head Nebula