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The Eta Carina Nebula is the largest emission nebula in our part of the galaxy.  It is one of the true gems of the southern sky and contains many different interesting objects.  At the centre of this image is the Keyhole Nebula and right at its heart lies the star Eta Carinae which is surrounded by the Homunculus.

Eta Carina Nebula

The Pleiades, the seven sisters, is a star cluster important to cultures all of over the world.  To the Maori it is known as Matariki and marks the beginning of the New Year.  The blue colour results from dust and gas that surround the stars reflecting their blue light.

Pleiades

The horsehead nebula is one of the most famous and recognisable nebula in the sky.  Its beautiful shape is silhouetted against the red emission nebula which covers most of the constellation of Orion.

Horsehead Nebula

This image shows part of the Vela Supernova Remnant which is what is left of a star that exploded 10,000 years ago.  The blue colour is oxygen and the red is hydrogen.  At the centre of this image is a fast rotating Pulsar, which is all that is left of the star that caused all these shock waves.

Vela Supernova Remnant