A Wonder of the Southern Skies!

9000 light years distant, The Statue of Liberty nebula’s shapes are formed by stellar winds from stars born in dark, dusty regions of space.

As young stars start to shine and disperse their surrounding cocoons they create swirling clouds of gas. 20hrs exposure, six nights using three narrowband spectrum filters.
HST colour palette (tweaked a bit) from Melbourne, Australia.
My first 30min subs!

Gold Award 2017 AIPP Victorian Professional Photography Awards

Silver Award 2017 AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

Statue of Liberty Nebula NGC 3576 in Narrowband
Statue of Liberty Nebula NGC 3576 in Narrowband

Capture Details

TelescopeWilliam Optics FLT110
CameraQSI 683 WSG8
MountSkywatcher EQ6 Pro
FiltersAstrodon 5nm Ha, O3, S2 &RGB
Guiding CameraStarlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Integration time (Exposure)20 Hrs
LocationBurwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
DateApril 2016

About this Nebula

What’s happening in the Statue of Liberty nebula? Bright stars and interesting molecules are forming and being liberated. The complex nebula resides in the star forming region called RCW 57. This image showcases dense knots of dark interstellar dust, bright stars that have formed in the past few million years, fields of glowing hydrogen gas ionized by these stars, and great loops of gas expelled by dying stars. A detailed study of NGC 3576, also known as NGC 3582 and NGC 3584, uncovered at least 33 massive stars in the end stages of formation, and the clear presence of the complex carbon molecules known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are thought to be created in the cooling gas of star forming regions, and their development in the Sun’s formation nebula five billion years ago may have been an important step in the development of life on Earth. (from APOD)

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

- The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.