NGC 3576 is a bright emission nebula in the Sagittarius arm of the galaxy a few thousand light-years away from the Eta Carinae nebula. It is also approximately 100 light years across and 9000 light-years away from Earth. This nebula even received six different classification numbers. Currently, astronomers call the entire nebula NGC 3576. A popular nickname is "The Statue of Liberty Nebula" because of the distinctive shape in the middle of the nebula. Discovered by John Frederick William Herschel on 16 March 1834. The name was first suggested in 2009 by Dr. Steve Mazlin, a member of Star Shadows Remote Observatory (SSRO).
NGC 3576. Credit ESO.
|Observation data: J2000.0 epoch|
|Right ascension||11h 11m 32.7s|
|Declination||−61° 21′ 44″|
|Designations||GAL 291.30-00.7, RCW 57A, BRAN 348A, GAL 291.27-00.71, [GG70] 291.3-0.7, GAL 291.28-00.71, GUM 38a, [GS70] 291.3-00.7|
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Retrieved 2007-04-27.
- "Atlas of the Universe". Archived from the original on 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
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