Monkey Head Nebula (Sharpless 2-252)

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
Post Reply
Christopher K.
Posts: 4376
Joined: October 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Monkey Head Nebula (Sharpless 2-252)

Post by Christopher K. » January 17th, 2015, 3:29 pm

The Monkey Head Nebula (also catalogued as NGC 2174) is an emission nebula on the extreme edge of Orion, just across the Gemini border. It lies 4˚30' west of B-class, magnitude 4.1 Nu Geminorum; 1˚50' northwest of the F-class, magnitude 5.2 star 71 Orionis; and 1˚26' east-northeast of F-class, magnitude 4.6 Chi2 Orionis.

Below are the times during which the Monkey Head reaches its culmination of eighty degrees in the Baton Rouge sky...
17 October = 5:32am
21 October = 5:16am
25 October = 5:00am
29 October = 4:44am
Times above are Daylight. Times below are Standard.
2 November = 3:29am
6 November = 3:13am
10 November = 2:57am
14 November = 2:41am
18 November = 2:26am
22 November = 2:10am
26 November = 1:54am
30 November = 1:39am
4 December = 1:23am
8 December = 1:07am
12 December = 12:51am
16 December = 12:36am
20 December = 12:20am
24 December = 12:04am
28 December = 11:45pm
1 January = 11:29pm
5 January = 11:13pm
9 January = 10:57pm
13 January = 10:42pm
17 January = 10:26pm
21 January = 10:10pm
25 January = 9:54pm
29 January = 9:39pm
2 February = 9:23pm
6 February = 9:07pm
10 February = 8:52pm
14 February = 8:36pm
18 February = 8:20pm
22 February = 8:04pm
26 February = 7:49pm
2 March = 7:33pm

A section of the Monkey Head was used as the April image in this year's NASA Science calendar.

Post Reply