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The Details
NGC 3372 Eta Carina Nebula Widefield 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
27 February, 06/15/18 March 2014
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Ha 12 x 4 ea x 900 sec,1x1 bin (12 hour total exposure time)
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of view: 02°50' x 02°08' centered on RA 10h43m31s
DEC-59°24'40" (2000). North angle 89.5°; east 90° CCW from north
Shown here is a wide field, 12 pane mosaic image of the Eta Carina Nebula taken over four nights from the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.  The nebula ranks as one of the largest in the Milky Way, spanning nearly 300 light years across.  Although it lies about 7500 light years from Earth, it is nevertheless a naked eye object to southern sky gazers.  Within this huge expanse lies it’s most famous resident, the super-massive star Eta Carina, sculpting its surroundings into the tortuous shape seen in the above image.  Eta Carina is the brightest star in the image and is located at about a 10 o’clock position from the center of the frame.  Numerous open star clusters dot the landscape of this beautiful nebula, a testament to its place as a prolific stellar nursery. 

A particularly interesting nebula can be found in the lower right corner of the image, it being NGC 3324, also known as the Gabriela Mistral Nebula.  Named for a Nobel poet laureate of Chile, if viewed from the right orientation it presents itself as the silhouette of the poet’s face.




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