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Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576)


Statue of Liberty Nebula is a nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 6,000 light years away in the constellation of Carina. It is 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.). .

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. It 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 spaceship 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

Fact File


NameStatue of Liberty Nebula
TypeNebula
NGC Id3576
ConstellationCarina
TypeNebula
Right Ascension11h 11m 32.7
Declination-61:21:44
Distance (Lt.Yr)6,000
CoprightN.A.S.A. JPL

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC3576) Nebula in Carina