NGC 3576, also known as the Statue of Liberty Nebula. (Photo courtesy  S. Mazlin, J. Harvey, R. Gilbert, & D. Verschatse SSRO/PROMPT/UNC.)
NGC 3576, also known as the Statue of Liberty Nebula. (Photo courtesy S. Mazlin, J. Harvey, R. Gilbert, & D. Verschatse SSRO/PROMPT/UNC.)

An image of the Statue of Liberty Nebula (NGC 3576), taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile (CTIO), was featured on September 28, 2016 as NASA’s Astronomy Image of the Day. The featured photo was taken by PROMPT, a robotic telescope system developed by UNC astronomers and their collaborators and operated by UNC’s Skynet program. The image can be viewed in full here.

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