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The Seagull Nebula lies on the border between the southern sky constellations Monoceros and Canis Major. It is 3,700 lightyears away, and 100 lightyears from ‘wingtip’ to ‘wingtip’. The bright star which illuminates the nebula’s ‘head’ is known as HD 53367, and is 20 times more massive than our Sun. Parts of the Seagull Nebula were first observed by William Herschel.

This nebula has the following catalogue designations:

Wings & body: IC 2177; Sharpless 2-296

Head: NGC 2327; Sh2-292; Gum 1

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Seagull Nebula IC 2177