NGC 3576 and NGC 3603 in Carina
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NGC 3576, the nebula on the right, is a giant HII region in the constellation of Carina about 9,000 light years from Earth. Chandra showed many X-Ray point sources that are young massive stars hidden from site within the dark clouds. They are shredding the clouds apart due to their hot winds. It is also known as Gum38aj and forms the western part of RCW57.
Color mapping using the Hubble palette: R = SII, G = H-a and B = OIII.
RA: 11h 15m 06s
Distance: 9,000 light years
Image Size: 42' x 42'
DEC: -61d 15m
North: Upper left
Exposure: 12.5 hrs Total; 12 hours H-a, SII, OIII, 30 min RGB
Telescope: 14.5" f/8.2 Classical Cass. in RCOS truss
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount ME
OAG: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: CCD AutoPilot4
Observatory Site: Riverland Dingo Observatory, Moorook, S. Australia
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon 5 nm H-a & SII, 3nm OIII, Gen 2 RGB
Guider: SBIG ST-402
Camera Operation: MaximDL5.08
Processing: Photoshop CS3
Image Date: 11.01.09