NGC 3532 - The Firefly Party Cluster


RGB 90 85 85

Canon EF 70-200/2.8 IS USM II

Losmandy G11

FLI ML x694


Constellation Carina

Ra 11:09:16.96

Dec -58:46:30.6


NGC 3532, also commonly known as the „Firefly Party Cluster“ is an open cluster some 405 parsecs from Earth in the constellation Carina. Its population of approximately 150 stars of 7th magnitude or fainter includes seven red giants and seven white dwarfs. On 20 May 1990 it became the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The cluster lies between the constellation Crux and the larger but fainter "False Cross" asterism. NGC 3576 is an emission nebula, which is about 9,000 light years away from the earth. NGC 3576 was discovered on 16 March 1834 by British astronomer John Frederick William Herschel.