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APOD: 2022 April 25 – The Great Nebula in Carina
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2022 April 25
The Great Nebula in Carina
Image Credit & Copyright:
Ignacio Javier Diaz Bobillo
In one of the brightest parts of
Milky Way lies a nebula where some of the
oddest things occur.
NGC 3372, known as the
Great Nebula in Carina,
is home to massive stars and changing nebulas.
The Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324),
the bright structure just below
center, houses several of these massive stars.
The entire Carina Nebula, captured here, spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the
constellation of Carina.
Eta Carinae, the
most energetic star
in the nebula,
was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but
then faded dramatically.
While Eta Carinae itself maybe on the verge of a supernova explosion,
images indicate that much of the
Great Nebula in Carina has been a veritable
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