IC 2177

Alt. Designations: IC 2177, Seagull Nebula
Object Type: emission nebula
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 1.8 kly
Right Ascension: 07h 04m 25.3s
Declination: -10° 27´ 13"
Visual Brightness:
Apparent Dimension: 120.0´ x 40.0´
Best Month To View: Dec

IC 2177, also known as the Seagull, is a large 120 x 40 arc minute area of emission nebulosity located on the border between Monoceros and Canis Major, about 7.5 degrees northeast of Sirius, 11 degrees below the celestial equator. The catalogue number IC 2177 designates only the area of seagull's wings. The "head" of the bird, NGC 2327, is the brightest portion of the nebula complex, it surrounds an 8th magnitude star and also includes some blue reflection nebulosity. A dark nebulous lane protrudes into NGC 2327 from the eastern side towards the star. Several open star clusters are also involved in this area of nebulosity, the most prominent being NGC 2335, located on the northern "wing" of the Seagull figure. The distance of this picturesque nebula to Earth is thought to be about 1,800 light years.