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IC 2177
Seagull Nebula (わし星雲, かもめ星雲)
Emission Nebula (散光星雲)
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別名 (Other names)

LBN 1027, vdB 93

星座 (Constellation)
いっかくじゅう座 (Mon) (Monoceros)

距離 (Distance)
5,900光年 (5,900 light-years)

Seagull Nebula (IC 2177) is an emission nebula located 5,900 light years from the Earth in the constellation Monoceros.

IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula) : Picture

IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) Michael Miller
A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance.

IC2177 (Seagull Nebula)
IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula/Left)
NGC 2359 (Thor's Helmet Nebula/Right)
(C) NASA

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IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) NASA
IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) NASA
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IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) NASA
IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) NASA

IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula)
(C) NASA
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IC 2177 (Seagull Nebula) : Movie

Zooming in on the wings of the Seagull Nebula
This video sequence starts with a broad view of the Milky Way before closing in on the familiar bright star Sirius and the nearby constellation of Orion. We see a faint red object resembling a bird in flight — the Seagull Nebula (IC 2177) and zoom in on what turns out to be a dramatic star formation region. The final view of the "wings" of the seagull is a detailed new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope.

Panning across the head of the Seagull Nebula
This pan video gives a close-up view of the intricate structure of part of the Seagull Nebula. These wisps of gas and dust are known as Sharpless 2-296 and form part of the "wings" of the celestial bird. This region of the sky is a fascinating muddle of intriguing astronomical objects — a mix of dark and glowing red clouds, weaving amongst bright stars. This new view was captured by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile.
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