NGC 3372, Eta Carinae Nebula

by on Apr.18, 2011, under Image Gallery

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The Eta Carinae Nebula is a colossal object that appears in the constellation of Carina. This nebula resides some 7,500 light-years from Earth and spans 260 light-years across. Its size makes it one of the largest nebulas in our galaxy. The star, Eta Carinae, is about 150 times larger than our Sun and is said to shine some 5 million times brighter. Gasses surrounding this star rush outward at a rate of 4.5 million miles per hour.

Data acquired by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Robert Gendler
Exposure Time: 25 hours
Equipment used: 14.5″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, STL11000 CCD
Location: Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory, Moorook – Australia

** Portion of central luminance data from the ESO/Danish 1.5m telescope at La Silla, Chile **
(Robert Gendler, Jan-Erik Ovaldsen, Christina Thöne, and Chloé Feron)


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