The Carina Nebula is a large bright Nebula that surrounds several open clusters and it is one of the brightest and largest diffuse nebulae in our sky and part of the Milky Way. It was discovered by French astronomer and professor Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762). He led and expedition in 1751-52 from the Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost part of Africa where he studied for four years the stars of the Southern hemisphere.
These dream-like landscapes of pillars, valleys, bubbles and mountains within the Nebula are sculpted by the action of out flowing winds and ultraviolet radiation coming from the massive stars near the end of their lives but also the surrounding material shed by the stars is the vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars are born.
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