The stellar nursery IC 2944 in the constellation of Centaurus

This chart shows the large southern constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). Most of the stars that can be seen in a dark sky with the unaided eye are marked. The locations of the star formation region IC 2944 and the associated star cluster IC 2948 are indicated with a red circle. The cluster is easy to see in a small telescope, but the very faint gas clouds are much more of a challenge.


ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

About the Image

Release date:23 May 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1322
Size:3338 x 3056 px

About the Object

Name:IC 2944
Type:Milky Way : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Constellation

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