SH043 – Find the Monkeyhead Nebula, the Jellyfish Nebula, and the Eskimo Nebula

In Episode SH043 of Star Hopping…

We’ll look at the Gemini region, and show you how to find three great nebulae: the Monkeyhead Nebula in Orion (NGC 2174), the Jellyfish Nebula (IC 443), and the Eskimo Planetary Nebula (NGC 2392).


The area of sky between the club of Orion and the foot of Gemini is very interesting indeed. Since the winter Milky Way runs through this area it’s loaded with clusters and nebulae. A camera with a wide angle lens pointed at this area can catch multiple objects in one frame. Two of our targets this week lie in this area, and both of these nebulae are very photogenic, representing creatures of the land and the ocean. We’ll visit the nebula representing our land-dwelling ancestor, right after this message…

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Credits for this Episode

  • Star Chart Images & Simulations Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy
  • NGC 2174 image by Stephen Coates
  • IC 443 image by Dieter Willasch
  • NGC 2392 by the Hubble Space Telescope

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