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Daniel Stern

Location of Photo:

Rio Hurtado, Chile

Date/Time of photo:

May 6, 7 and 9 2023


Planewave CDK-17


NGC 3576 is a spectacular star-forming region in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Southern Milky Way. It is located in the constellation of Kiel (Carina), about 9000 light-years from Earth. With an outstretched arm she is holding the torch, and if you look closely, with a little imagination, you might think she is wearing a crown (but that’s just gas and dust being zapped by high-energy light from massive stars). Within the nebula there are very active star formation regions which contribute to the complex shapes and looping filaments surrounding her.