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The Details
NGC 3576 and 3603 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
06 February 2016
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Ha 15 ea x 1200 sec 1x1 bin
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of view: 52' x 41' centered on RA 11h12m56s
DEC-61°14'08" (2000). North angle 359.6°; east 90° CCW from north
NGC 3576 is a large emission nebula located in the constellation Carina.  It spans about 100 light-years across and lies at a distance of 9000 light-years from Earth.  NGC 3576 is less than 4° from its larger and more spectacular neighbor, Eta Carina, which is also located at a similar distance.  Violent winds from massive Wolf-Rayet stars have sculpted the delicate arches of NGC 3576 seen in the above image.  Bok globules, dense clouds of opaque gas and dust, are scattered throughout and represent regions of new star formation.

At the left of the image is NGC 3603, another HII region much larger than NGC 3576 and lying at nearly twice the distance.  These two nebula as well as Eta Carina, all located within the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way galaxy, form a huge expanse where the inexorable forces of nature are forging stellar creation on a massive scale.




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