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Ngc 3576

NGC 3576
emission nebula
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension 11h 11m 32.7s[1]
Declination −61° 21′ 44″ [1]
Distance 6,000 [2] ly
Constellation Carina
Physical characteristics
Radius 50 ly

NGC 3576 is a minor nebula in the Sagittarius arm of the galaxy a few thousand light-years away from the Eta Carinae nebula. Eventually this nebula even received six different classification numbers. Currently, astronomers call the entire nebula NGC 3576. A popular nickname is "The Statue of Liberty Nebula" because of the distinctive shape in the middle of the nebula.[3] It was nicknamed by a Dr. Steve Mazlin of the SSRO. A photo by Dr. Mazlin showing the Statue of Liberty shape can be found here

NGC 3576. Credit ESO

References

  1. ^ a b "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Atlas of the Universe". Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ http://www.starshadows.com/gallery/display.cfm?imgID=358
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