NGC 2170

Alt. Designations: NGC 2170
Object Type: reflection nebula
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 2.4 kly
Right Ascension: 06h 07m 31.3s
Declination: -06° 23´ 53"
Visual Magnitude:
Apparent Dimension: 2.0´ X 2.0´
Best Month To View: Dec

NGC 2170 is a dusty reflection nebula and stellar nursery that formed about 6 to 10 million years ago, located at the edge of the elliptically shaped, giant star-forming molecular cloud Monoceros R2 (Mon R2), some 2,400 light-years away in the constellation of Monoceros. At that distance, this picture would be about 15 light-years across. NGC 2170 shines at the upper left. Reflecting the light of nearby hot stars, NGC 2170 is joined by other bluish reflection nebulae, a compact red emission region, and streamers of obscuring dust against a backdrop of stars.