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

In celebration of Hubble's 24th year of operation, NASA, in corroboration with the ESA, refocused the powerful lens of Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 and directed it toward a region called the Monkey Head nebula.

The Monkey Head nebula is a small part of a much larger nebula, formally known as NGC 2174. Both can be found approximately 6,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Orion.

This particular image is a composite, put together using various images taken of the region at optical and non-optical wavelengths. Doing this allows the team to take a gander at the intricate dust lanes that compose the "monkey" of the Monkey Head nebula.

All-in-all, a perfect representation of what makes the Hubble Space Telescope so spectacular.

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