NGC 2174

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NGC 2174
Emission nebula
H II region
Fragment of NGC 2175.tiff
Stellar nursery NGC 2174 by HST
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 06h 09.7m[1]
Declination +20° 30′[1]
Distance 6,400[citation needed] ly   (2,000 pc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 6.8[citation needed]
Apparent dimensions (V) 40′[citation needed]
Constellation Orion
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 2174 (also known as Monkey Head Nebula) is an H II[1] emission nebula located in the constellation Orion and is associated with the open star cluster NGC 2175.[1] It is thought to be located about 6,400 light-years away from Earth. The nebula may have formed through hierarchical collapse.[2]

There is some equivocation in the use of the identifiers NGC 2174 and NGC 2175. These may apply to the entire nebula, to its brightest knot, or to the star cluster it includes. Burnham's Celestial Handbook lists the entire nebula as 2174/2175 and does not mention the star cluster.[3] The NGC Project (working from the original descriptive notes) assigns NGC 2174 to the prominent knot at J2000 06h 09m 23.7s, +20° 39′ 34″ and NGC 2175 to the entire nebula, and by extension to the star cluster.[4] Simbad uses NGC 2174 for the nebula and NGC 2175 for the star cluster.[1] [5]

Infrared image of NGC 2174 as viewed by the Spitzer Space Telescope

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 2174. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Cotera, A.; Hester, J.; Healy, K.; Snider, K.; et al. (August 2006). Using Spitzer IRAC observations to Compare Modes of Star Formation in G305.35+0.7 and NGC 2174/5. Triggered Star Formation in a Turbulent ISM, International Astronomical Union Symposium. Prague, Czech Republic (published 2006). Bibcode:2006IAUS..237E..98C. S237, #98. [dead link]
  3. ^ Robert Burnham, Jr, Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Dover, 1978, p. 1280.
  4. ^ "Public Database". NGC/IC Project. Results for NGC 2174 and NGC 2175. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 2175. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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