@stro object for the week of 02/07/2000
courtesy of HST/STSCI
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.
information for the Keyhole Nebula:
10H 44M 46S
-59° 38´ 56´´
info on the Keyhole Nebula