WFC3 visible image of the Carina Nebula

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esahubble_heic0910e September 9th, 2009

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Composed of gas and dust, the pictured pillar resides in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. Taken in visible light, the image shows the tip of the three-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image. Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from these stars are sculpting the pillar and causing new stars to form within it. Streamers of gas and dust can be seen flowing off the top of the structure. Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the Carina Nebula on 24-30 July 2009. WFC3 was installed aboard Hubble in May 2009 during Servicing Mission 4. The composite image was made from filters that isolate emission from iron, magnesium, oxygen, hydrogen and sulphur. These Hubble observations of the Carina Nebula are part of the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0910e/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula
Esahubble_heic0910e_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 43m 50.8s
DEC = -59° 55’ 22.2”
Orientation
North is 13.1° CW
Field of View
3.0 x 1.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
None (None) -
None (None) -
Hubble (WFC3) (SII) -
Hubble (WFC3) (H-alpha) -
Hubble (WFC3) (OIII) -
Esahubble_heic0910e_1280
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ID
heic0910e
Subject Category
B.4  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula
Credits
NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team
Release Date
2009-09-09T17:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0910e/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
None, None, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
None, None, WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
-, -, SII, H-alpha, OIII
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
160.961811334, -59.9228441549
Reference Dimension
4533.0, 2618.0
Reference Pixel
2266.5, 1309.0
Scale
-1.11134730755e-05, 1.11134730755e-05
Rotation
-13.099999999999994
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
heic0910e
Metadata Date
2019-10-07T11:40:23.470893
Metadata Version
1.1
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There is no distance meta data in this image.