Star Formation Region NGC 3324
February 2, 2012
The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory has imaged a region of star formation called NGC 3324. The intense radiation from several of NGC 3324's massive, blue-white stars has carved out a cavity in the surrounding gas and dust. The ultraviolet radiation from these young hot stars also cause the gas cloud to glow in rich colors.
Topics: Carina constellation, Barred spiral galaxies, Astronomy, Environment, NGC, Carina Nebula, Planetary nebulae, Orion complex, Spiral galaxies, La Silla Observatory