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Picture Album: NGC 2174

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The Monkey Head Nebula (also known as NGC 2174) is a star-forming region in which bright, newborn stars near the center of the nebula illuminate the surrounding gas with energetic radiation. The cloud is sculpted by ultraviolet light eating into the cool hydrogen gas.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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