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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Statue of Liberty Nebula

Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC 3576) in the constellation Carina — original image from NASA's APOD website — image taken and © by Mazlin, Harvey, Gilbert, & Verschatse

Statue of Liberty illustration placed on top of Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC 3576) photo — original image from NASA's APOD website — image taken and © by Mazlin, Harvey, Gilbert, & Verschatse

This mesmerizing, colorful photo showcases the Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC 3576), in which Lady Liberty stands boldly against a starry backdrop and surrounded by arch-like wisps of gas expelled by dying stars. She is comprised mostly of "dense knots of dark interstellar dust," according to NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day website. Located in CARINA the Keel (constellation), NGC 3576 is also categorized as NGC 3582 and NGC 3584. Many stars in this image were born relatively recently — a few-million years ago!

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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