ngc 3372, eta carina nebula

NGC 3372 - The Eta Carina Nebula


RGB 60 60 60

Canon EF 70-200/2.8 IS USM II

Losmandy G11

FLI ML x694


Constellation Carina

Ra 10:45:03.55

Dec -59:41:04.0


The Carina nebula, also known as NGC 3372, is a jewel of the southern sky. It extends over more than 300 light years and is one of the largest star formation regions of our galaxy. Like the smaller, northern Orion nebula, the Carina nebula is easily visible with the naked eye, although it is about five times farther away. The Carina nebula is home to young, extremely massive stars, including the still mysteriously changing star Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae is the brightest star near the center of the image, just to the left of the dusty keyhole nebula (NGC 3324).