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The Great Carina Nebula
A jewel of the southern sky,
Carina Nebula, aka NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years,
one of our Galaxy's
Like the smaller, more northerly Great
Orion Nebula, the Carina
Nebula is easily visible to the unaided eye, though at a
distance of 7,500 light-years
it is some 5 times farther away.
stunning telescopic view from the 2.2-meter
ESO/MPG telescope La Silla
Observatory in Chile
reveals remarkable details of the region's glowing filaments of interstellar
gas and dark cosmic dust
Nebula is home to young, extremely massive stars, including
the still enigmatic variable Eta
Carinae, a star with well over 100 times the mass of the Sun.
is the bright star left of the central dark notch in this
field and near the dusty
Nebula (NGC 3324).
Credit: European Southern Observatory
More images of the Eta Carina Nebula