NGC 3324

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NGC 3324
The star formation region NGC 3324.jpg
NGC 3324 star-forming region
(2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla Observatory)
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 10h 37m 20s[1]
Declination−58° 38′ 30″[1]
Distance7,560 ly (2,317 pc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)6.7[1][3]
Apparent dimensions (V)16 arcminutes[3]
Physical characteristics
Estimated age6.754 Myr[2]
Other designationsESO 128-EN006, Cr 225, Lund 552, h 3286, GC 2167, C 1035-583, OCl 819.0, [KPR2004b] 254, [KPS2012] MWSC 1830
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 3324 is an open cluster in the southern constellation Carina, located northwest of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)[4][5] at a distance of 7,560 ly (2,317 pc) from Earth.[2] It is closely associated with the emission nebula IC 2599, also known as Gum 31.[6] The two are often confused as a single object, and together have been nicknamed the "Gabriela Mistral Nebula" due to its resemblance to the Chilean poet.[3][7][8] NGC 3324 was first catalogued by James Dunlop in 1826.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "NGC 3324". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Kaltcheva, N. T.; Golev, V. K. (February 2012). "Galactic Structure Toward the Carina Tangent". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 124 (912): 128–139. arXiv:1201.4273. Bibcode:2012PASP..124..128K. doi:10.1086/664697.
  3. ^ a b c "Gabriela Mistral Nebula · NGC 3324". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "NGC 3324". The NGC/IC Project. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ Cooper, Ian; Kay, Jenni; Kepple, George Robert (2008). The Night Sky Observer's Guide. Volume 3: The Southern Skies. Willmann-Bell. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-943396-89-7.
  6. ^ "IC 2599". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ "A Pocket of Star Formation". European Southern Observatory. 1 February 2012. Photo Release eso1207. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  8. ^ Chadwick, Stephen; Cooper, Ian (2012). Imaging the Southern Sky: An Amateur Astronomer's Guide. Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series. New York: Springer Science+Business Media. pp. 81–83. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-4750-4. ISBN 978-1-4614-4749-8.

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Coordinates: Sky map 10h 37m 20s, −58° 38′ 30″