The Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, ESO 128-EN13, is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the night sky. Thanks to the terrestrial telescope VISTA, which is located at the Paranal Observatory in Chile (ESO), an attractive photograph of the above-mentioned nebula was obtained.
NGC 3372 is located in the southern constellation of Kiel at a distance of about 6,500 – 10,000 light years. The nebula was discovered in 1751 by the French astronomer Nicola Louis de Lucille.
This object is also a region of ionized hydrogen. The illuminating star of the nebula is the famous This Kiel (HD 93308).
In order to examine the inhabitants of this nebula, in particular countless stars, the VISTA telescope had to peer long into the hot and dark gas-dust envelope, which densely envelops the object NGC 3372.
By the way, the Carina Nebula is so large that it can simultaneously contain several stellar scattered clusters.