NGC 3576

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[3]. 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[4]. The name was first suggested in 2009 by Dr. Steve Mazlin, a member of Star Shadows Remote Observatory (SSRO).[5]

NGC 3576
Emission nebula
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NGC 3576. Credit ESO.
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension11h 11m 32.7s[1]
Declination−61° 21′ 44″[1]
Distance6,000[2] ly
Physical characteristics
Radius50 ly
DesignationsGAL 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
See also: Lists of nebulae


  1. ^ a b "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Retrieved 2007-04-27.
  2. ^ "Atlas of the Universe". Archived from the original on 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2007-04-27.
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