The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, and we see it from a distance of 7500 light-years. It extends for some 260 light-years across the southern Milky Way and is clearly visible to the unaided eye, but is less famous than the much smaller and closer Orion Nebula. In part this is because NGC 3372 is in the far southern sky, while the Orion Nebula is on the celestial equator, framed by a memorable collection of stars and visible from all parts of the globe.
KeywordsBlack Hole Star Formation Globular Cluster Spiral Galaxy Star Cluster
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