Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

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noirlab_noao0136a June 30th, 2020

Credit: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/N. Smith (University of Minnesota)

This image shows a giant star-forming region in the southern sky known as the Carina Nebula (NGC3372), combining the light from 3 different filters tracing emission from oxygen (blue), hydrogen (green), and sulfur (red). The color is also representative of the temperature in the ionized gas: blue is relatively hot and red is cooler. The Carina Nebula is a good example of how very massive stars rip apart the molecular clouds that give birth to them. The bright star near the center of the image is Eta Carinae, which is one of the most massive and luminous stars known. This picture is a composite of several exposures made with the Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory. We also have a broad-band optical image, approximately true color, made photographically with the Curtis Schmidt.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao0136a/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula Eta Carinae NGC 3372
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 45m 19.8s
DEC = -60° 28’ 36.0”
Orientation
North is 1.0° CCW
Field of View
1.3 x 2.2 degrees
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Curtis-Schmidt (None) Optical (Sll) -
Green Curtis-Schmidt (None) Optical (Ha) -
Blue Curtis-Schmidt (None) Optical (Olll) -
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ID
noao0136a
Subject Category
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, Eta Carinae, NGC 3372
Credits
CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/N. Smith (University of Minnesota)
Release Date
2020-06-30T21:34:02
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noao0136a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Curtis Schmidt Telescope, Curtis Schmidt Telescope, Curtis Schmidt Telescope
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
Sll, Ha, Olll
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.332597, -60.47667269
Reference Dimension
2069.0, 3426.0
Reference Pixel
810.3794861, 367.802063
Scale
-0.000644, 0.000644
Rotation
1.006246044
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
noao0136a
Metadata Date
2022-04-28T10:09:32.467708
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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