Carina Nebula from Canary Islands

By: Tunc Tezel


Region: Europe

Site: La Palma - Spain

Date: 2011 May 2

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Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) is a famous deep sky object of southern sky, which rises about one degree over Canary Islands as seen from near the northernmost limit for seeing this object. Island of La Palma is located at latitude 28 degrees North and TWAN photographer was at top of the island (2426 m) to shoot this single-exposure image from near Roque de Los Muchachos Observatories, where some of the world's largest telescopes are located. Click on the star-pattern icon above the image to see a wide-angle view of this scene. Carina Nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae in our skies and four times as large and even brighter than the famous Orion Nebula, but it is less well known, due to its southern location. Note the bright open star cluster NGC 3532 to its left, known as the Wishing Well Cluster. Carina Nebula never rises above the horizon further north of latitude 30 degrees North. Tunc Tezel

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