NGC 3576

Located 9,000 light-years away, NGC 3576 is a gigantic region of glowing gas about 100 light-years across, where stars are currently forming. The intense radiation and winds from the massive stars are shredding the clouds from which they form, creating dramatic scenery. The black area in the right middle part of the image is dark because of the presence of very dense, opaque clouds of gas and dust. The data used to make this colour-composite images were taken with ISAAC on the VLT, in the framework of observing proposal 079.C-0203(A). The image processing was done by Yuri Beletsky (ESO) and Hännes Heyer (ESO). It is based on data taken through 4 different narrow-band filters centred around 1.21, 1.71, 2.09 and 3.28 microns.

Credit:

ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0817b
Type:Observation
Release date:27 May 2008
Related releases:eso0817
Size:1039 x 1105 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3576
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae
Distance:9000 light years
Constellation:Carina

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 11 53.14
Position (Dec):-61° 18' 11.70"
Field of view:2.57 x 2.74 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 90.2° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Infrared
1210
Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
1710
Very Large Telescope
ISAAC
Infrared
2090
Very Large Telescope
ISAAC

 

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