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Daniel Stern

Location of Photo:

Rio Hurtado, Chile

Date/Time of photo:

Various dates September and October 2023


CDK-17 / L500 / Moravian C4


People familiar with the Cat’s Paw (NGC 6334) will recognize this as the orientation they see from the northern hemisphere. Those who are less familiar with astronomy may not know that this, and all objects, are “upside down” in the southern hemisphere. This image was taken in Chile so it was rotated 180 degrees so it would have a familiar orientation. NGC 6334, an emission nebula, is a large star-forming region, covering an area in the night sky slightly larger than the full moon. It is one of the most active star nurseries producing massive stars in the Milky Way.