Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

Pretty patterns of gas and dust.
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Christopher K.
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Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

Post by Christopher K. » December 24th, 2012, 6:58 pm

The Carina Nebula is one the largest star-forming regions in the Milky Way Galaxy. It contains at least ten stars, each of which contains at least fifty solar masses.

A nice Hubble image of NGC 3372 was on the "January" page in Astronomy's Deep-Space Mysteries Calendar for 2012.

The Carina Nebula (number 309 in Dunlop's list) is 7500 light-years away in the constellation Carina the Keel. It is not visible from Baton Rouge. Burnham's calls it the Keyhole Nebula and gives it an exclamation point.

Christopher K.
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Re: Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

Post by Christopher K. » March 21st, 2015, 12:22 pm

The 8 February APOD shows a beautiful section of dust pillar in the Carina Nebula, one of the wonderful images apparently made possible thanks to Hubble Servicing Mission 4.

The region of the Carina Nebula definitely has more to offer than what is shown in the image; there are also eight open clusters.

8 February APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150208.html

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