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Stars and stellar evolution
Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603

NGC 3603


Star-forming nebula


Found in the constellation Carina

Distance from Earth

About 20,000 light-years away


The portion of the nebula shown is about 30 light-years across.

This view shows an enormous cavity in the gas and dust surrounding a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603.

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"Fast Facts: Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603" is a table that lists the name, description, location, size, and distance of the nebula from Earth. A picture of the nebula is included.

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How to use in the classroom

Use this resource as:

A source of information. Read the table to find out about this object.

A mapping activity. Locate the nebula's associated constellation on a star map.

A large-number recognition activity. Have students look at several Fast Fact tables, including this one. Ask them to place the objects described in the Fast Fact tables in order, starting with the object closest to Earth and ending with the one farthest away.

An inquiry tool. Have students write down questions they would like answered about the image and the information in the Fast Facts table.

An engagement tool. Involve students in a discussion.

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