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The Details
NGC 3324 Gabriela Mistral Nebula in Carina
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Tru-Balance 5 nm H Alpha Filter
18 March 2014
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Ha 4 x 4 ea x 900 sec 1x1 bin (cropped from a larger mosaic)
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of view: 1°03' x 39' centered on RA 10h39m45s
DEC-58°41'11" (2000). North angle 0°; east 90° CCW from north
The right side of this image reveals a giant gaseous cavity within a star-forming region called NGC 3324. The glowing nebula is ionized from several hot, young stars in the vicinity, which have also carved out the cavity by their intense ultraviolet radiation.   The sharp, dark columns of cool gas and dust that ring the cavity resist the scorching UV from the young stars and create features that point in the direction of the energy flow.

NGC 3324 is on the northwest side of the Eta Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), located at a distance of about 7,200 light-years from Earth.  NGC 3324 is nicknamed the Gabriela Mistral nebula because of the striking resemblance to the silhouette of the Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet by that name.




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