NGC 3324 (The Gabriela Mistral Nebula)

NGC 3324 (spsp) (80)

NGC 3324

The Gabriela Mistral Nebula is named because of a striking resemblance to the Nobel Prize winning Chilean poet.

This extensive and irregular star forming nebula seems to be an outlying part of the Eta Carina Nebula Complex. Stellar winds and intense radiation from some very hot young stars have opened up a hollow in the surrounding gas and dust forming the characteristic shape.

Telescope.  16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.  12 x 900 sec.   May 2016.

Location. (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.