The Eta Carinae nebula NGC3372
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The Eta Carinae nebula, NGC3372

February 22, 2005
The Eta Carinae nebula, NGC3372

The Eta Carinae nebula, NGC3372, also known as the Keyhole Nebula, as seen by the CTIO Curtis Schmidt telescope in 1969. This gaseous bright nebula surrounds the peculiar variable star Eta Carinae, with overlying clouds of dark material, at a distance from Earth of about 9000 light-years. North is at the top.

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