Pictures of the Monkey Head Nebula

Images and facts about the Monkey Head nebula, NGC 2174.

Monkey Head Nebula David Shaw, Consett, County Durham, 22 January 2020 Equipment: QHY163m mono camera, Sky-Watcher Esprit 80ED apo triplet refractor, Sky-Watcher NEQ6 mount

The Monkey Head Nebula is a star-forming region located 6,400 lightyears away in the Orion constellation.

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NGC 2174, to give it is formal name, is a place where new stars are being born at a fierce and rapid rate, and these newly born stars emit powerful streams of charged particles known as stellar winds that blow the gas and dust away, removing the ingredients necessary for future stars to be born.

Dark dust streams among the glowing cosmic cloud to give the nebula its ape-like appearance. Indeed, it is one of many nebulae that look like animals.

Monkeys Head Nebula by Lee Housden, Essex, UK. Equipment: Celestron 8
Monkeys Head Nebula by Lee Housden, Essex, UK. Equipment: Celestron 8″ CPC, Skywatcher 80mm Apo, EQ Wedge, 2x Barlow, QHY5 Guide, Canon 450 D Modded, Clip Filter

The Monkey Head Nebula is an emission nebula, which means it is a cloud of gas that emits its own light. This is as opposed to a reflection nebula in which hot stars cause surrounding gas to glow.

It is associated with open star cluster NGC 2175 and can be found in the can be found in the Orion constellation.

Below is a selection of images of the Monkey Head Nebula captured by BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers and astrophotographers from around the world.

For advice on how to photograph a nebula for yourself, read our guide to deep-sky astrophotography or discover our pick of the best astrophotography cameras.

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Monkey Head Nebula David Shaw, Consett, County Durham, 22 January 2020 Equipment: QHY163m mono camera, Sky-Watcher Esprit 80ED apo triplet refractor, Sky-Watcher NEQ6 mount
Monkey Head Nebula by David Shaw, Consett, County Durham, 22 January 2020. Equipment: QHY163m mono camera, Sky-Watcher Esprit 80ED apo triplet refractor, Sky-Watcher NEQ6 mount
Monkeys Head Nebula by Roger B, Whitstable, UK. Equipment: GSO 8
Monkeys Head Nebula by Roger B, Whitstable, UK. Equipment: GSO 8″ f4 Astrograph, Eq6 Pro, SXVh9, Baader 7nm Ha filter
Monkey Head Nebula in Orion by Harry Piper, Watford, UK. Equipment: William Optics 71mm F 5.9 refractor, Orion 50mm mini guide scope, Synscan EQ5 goto mount, Atik 428 EX mono CCD, manual filter wheel, Astronomik H alpha, OIII filters.
Monkey Head Nebula in Orion by Harry Piper, Watford, UK. Equipment: William Optics 71mm F 5.9 refractor, Orion 50mm mini guide scope, Synscan EQ5 goto mount, Atik 428 EX mono CCD, manual filter wheel, Astronomik H alpha, OIII filters.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula HA/OIII/OIII by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: GSO 8
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula HA/OIII/OIII by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: GSO 8″ Richey-Chretien Optical tube, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount,Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula SII/HA/OIII by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: GSO 8
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula SII/HA/OIII by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: GSO 8″ Richey-Chretien Optical tube, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount,Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters. F6.3 focal reducer.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Celestron C11 Sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik filters. F6.3 focal reducer.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Teleskop service 12
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Teleskop service 12″ Richey-Chretien telescope, Skywatcher EQ8 mount,Atik 383L+ camera, Astronomik Sii, Ha, Oiii filters, Astro physics 0.67 reducer.
Monkey Head Nebula by Craig Jameson, Edinburgh, UK. Equipment: 8
Monkey Head Nebula by Craig Jameson, Edinburgh, UK. Equipment: 8″ F4 Newt, QHY8 OSC CCD.
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Teleskop service 12
NGC2174 Monkey Head Nebula by Mark Griffith, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Equipment: Teleskop service 12″ Richey-Chretien telescope, Skywatcher EQ8 mount,Atik 383L+ camera, Astronomik Sii, Ha, Oiii filters, Astro physics 0.67 reducer.
The Monkey Head by Paul Gordon, Rochford, Essex, UK. Equipment: Borg 77ED II Refractor, Modded Canon EOS 1300D DSLR, CLS light pollution filter., Skyscan HEQ5 pro,
The Monkey Head by Paul Gordon, Rochford, Essex, UK. Equipment: Borg 77ED II Refractor, Modded Canon EOS 1300D DSLR, CLS light pollution filter., Skyscan HEQ5 pro,