The Carina Nebula *

Colour-composite image of the Carina Nebula, revealing exquisite details in the stars and dust of the region. Several well known astronomical objects can be seen in this wide field image : to the bottom left of the image is one of the most impressive binary stars in the Universe, Eta Carinae, with the famous Keyhole Nebula just adjacent to the star. The collection of very bright, young stars above and to the right of Eta Carinae is the open star cluster Trumpler 14. A second open star cluster, Collinder 228 is also seen in the image, just below Eta Carinae. The Carina Nebula also bears the NGC 3372 designation. On this image, North is up and East is to the left. The field of view is 0.55 x 0.55 degrees, covering a 72 x 72 light-year region at the distance of the nebula.

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Over de afbeelding

Id:eso0905a
Type:Observatie
Publicatiedatum:12 februari 2009
Gerelateerde berichten:eso0905
Grootte:8408 x 8337 px

Over het object

Naam:Carina Nebula, NGC 3372, Trumpler 14
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Nebula
Afstand:7500 lichtjaren
Constellation:Carina
Categorie:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 45 3.63
Position (Dec):-59° 41' 4.63"
Field of view:33.37 x 33.09 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° left of vertical