Statue of Liberty Nebula

Statue of Liberty Nebula

NGC 3576 Emission Nebula in Carina

Constellation: Carina
Ra: 11hr 11m 33s
Dec: -61d 21m 40s
Distance: 9,800 light years
Image Size: 29.4' x 29.4'
North: Up; East Left

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Description

NGC 3576 is a most unusual emission nebula in the southern constellation of Carina east of Eta Carina about 9,800 light years distant.  It shows grand "loops" sculpted from strong stellar winds from young, hot stars.  These "loops" are enormous, about 100 light years across. There are also numerous small, dark clouds, Bok Globules, where dust and gas are so dense that new stars are likely to form within them. And, of course the centerpiece is the "Statue of Liberty".  This image was made from 13 hours of data from H-a, OIII and SII narrowband filters to highlight the intricate structure of the nebula, and 2 hours of RGB data for star colors.
Exposure: 15hrs Total: 13 hrs H-a, OIII, SII; 2hrs RGB
Telescope: PlaneWave CDK20 0.5m f/6.8
Mount: PlaneWave Ascension 200h
Oag: Astrodon MonsterMOAG
Acquisition: ACP8_Expert
Calibration: CCDStackV2
Observatory Site: iTelescope.net, Siding Spring, NSW, Australia
Camera: SBIG STX16803
Filters: Astrodon 3 nm OIII, SII 5 nm H-a, E-Series RGB
Guider: SX Lodestar
Camera Operation: MaximDL 4.24
Processing: Photoshop CC 2015.5
Image Date: 04/23/2016 - 05/30/2016

1 Comment

  1. Sakib

    Very nice, looks good enough to either hang in an art gallery or enter into an astrophotography competition! This popular name seems to have caught on in the past couple of years, I still prefer to call it NGC 3576. Also I thought the loops were the result of past supernova explosions?

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