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NGC 3324 - Carina Nebula's Hot Pocket Of Star Formation

1 Feb 2012, 10:00 UTC
NGC 3324 - Carina Nebula's Hot Pocket Of Star Formation
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NGC 3324, on the northern outskirts of the chaotic environment of the Carina Nebula in the constellation of Carina (The Keel, part of Jason’s ship the Argo), is about 7500 light-years from Earth and has been sculpted by many other pockets of star formation. A rich deposit of gas and dust in the NGC 3324 region fueled a burst of star birth there several millions of years ago and led to the creation of several hefty and very hot stars.

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