Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

This image shows a giant star-forming region in the southern sky known as the Carina Nebula (NGC3372), combining the light from 3 different filters tracing emission from oxygen (blue), hydrogen (green), and sulfur (red). The color is also representative of the temperature in the ionized gas: blue is relatively hot and red is cooler. The Carina Nebula is a good example of how very massive stars rip apart the molecular clouds that give birth to them. The bright star near the center of the image is Eta Carinae, which is one of the most massive and luminous stars known. This picture is a composite of several exposures made with the Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. We also have a broad-band optical image, approximately true color, made photographically with the Curtis Schmidt.

Credit:

Nathan Smith, University of Minnesota/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao0136a
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:34 p.m.
Size:2069 x 3426 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, Eta Carinae, NGC 3372
Constellation:Carina
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 45 19.82
Position (Dec):-60° 28' 36.02"
Field of view:79.95 x 132.38 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.0° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
Olll
Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Optical
Ha
Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Optical
Sll
Curtis Schmidt Telescope