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Monday, June 21, 2010

Ara

Ara the Altar constellationARA the Altar is a constellation that straddles the path of the Milky Way. It is only seen in the Southern Hemisphere. Even though Ara is a smaller constellation than many others, it sure packs a punch; there are lots of star clusters and a couple of planetary nebulae, such as NGC 6326. Now you know more about Ara!

[Image reference: The Illustrated Atlas of the Universe (pg. 284)]

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage: Hubblesite.org/categories/images.

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula