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Keyhole Nebula

The @stro object for the week of 02/07/2000

Keyhole Nebula

image courtesy of HST/STSCI

Keyhole Nebula. The Keyhole Nebula is also known by the designation NGC3324 and is part of the Eta Carina Nebula. This nebula was so named by Sir John Herschel in the 19th century because of its unusual shape and is approximately 8000 light years from Earth. The Keyhole Nebula is an emission nebula with highly structured clouds of gas and dust as seen in recent photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and other ground based telescopes. It was created along with the main Eta Carina Nebula by the dying star Eta Carina, which is a highly active star. This nebula, along with the entire Eta Carina structure, can be seen from the Southern Hemisphere with even a small telescope.

Current information for the Keyhole Nebula:
Right Ascension: 10H 44M 46S
Declination: -59 38 56
Constellation: Carina
Phase: not applicable

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