NGC 3199

This crescent-shaped cocoon of gas and dust is nebula known as NGC 3199. It’s about 12,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina. The nebula’s bright crescent feature is now known to be part of a much larger but fainter bubble of gas and dust.

The nebula surrounds a star catalogued as HD 89358 which is an extremely hot and massive type known as a Wolf-Rayet star. HD 89358 generates incredibly intense stellar winds twist the nebula’s gas and dust into it’s lopsided shape.

Image Credit: ESO

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