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Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) Facts and How to Find

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) Facts and How to Find Nebula in Carina

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) is a nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 6,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Carina.

It is also referred to as NGC(3576) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Nebula's location is 11h 11m 32.7 (R.A.) and -61:21:44 (Dec.).

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) has a radius of 50 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 100 light years. It would take a space ship 100 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

It gets its name from the fact you make out a person like shape in the middle of the centre. It could quite easily be called the Praying nebula. It is a star birthing nebula so in millions of years time, they'll be new stars where it is today.

The nebula is situated near the Eta Carinae nebula which is so called because it is near the Eta Carina nebula. The nebula is nearly 100 light years across, meaning it would take a space ship travelling at light speed, 100 years to cross. The picture is false-colour to enhance the shape of the object. Ref: N.A.S.A

U.G. is uncertain as to what type of telescope you would need, whether you need a large research telescope or a commercial telescope, if you know, add a comment below.

How to find and see the Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576)

The site assumes that you are viewing from London in the Northern Hemisphere and from Sydney in the Southern Hemisphere and are looking at the sky about 9 p.m. If you are looking at another time or location, you will need to adjust for your location.

Northern Hemisphere

It is not possible to see it in the vast majority of the northern hemisphere. Its ironic and disapppointing that a nebula named after a North American landmark and its not visible in the United States. To see it, you would need to go more south than Miami. According to Stellarium, you can just about see it on the horizon in Miami. To see it in Miami, you would see to be able to see just above the horizon.

Southern Hemisphere

Being in Sydney, it can be seen all year round, however, the worst time to spot it is in November when it is just above the horizon. The best time to spot it is March -> September when it is at its highest.

Travel Time to Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807365,466,983,388.59
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2695,244,183,948.52
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,622,088,556.83
New Horizons Probe33,000121,930,296.18
Speed of Light670,616,629.006,000.00

Fact File

NameStatue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576)
NGC Id3576
Right Ascension11h 11m 32.7
Distance (Lt.Yr)6,000
Radius (Lt.Yr)50.00
CoprightN.A.S.A. JPL

Location of Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) Facts and How to Find in Carina

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) Facts and How to Find Nebula in Carina

The image above showing the location of the object was generated using the free application Stellarium.

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