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Galaxy NGC 3199
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Galaxy NGC 3199

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 13´ × 19´ on the sky of NGC 3199. This nebula, in the constellation Carina, is the wind-blown partial "ring" around the Wolf-Rayet (W-R) star WR 18 (aka HD 89358), the easternmost (leftmost) of the three bright blue stars near the center of the 2MASS image. NGC 3199 and WR 18 are at a distance of about 11,736 light years from us. W-R stars represent the final evolutionary stages of very massive stars 2001 July 11-17