Light and shadow in the Carina Nebula

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esahubble_opo0006a February 3rd, 2000

Credit: NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the 'Keyhole Nebula, ' obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different colour filters. The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, named in the 19th century by Sir John Herschel. This region, about 8000 light-years from Earth, is located adjacent to the famous explosive variable star Eta Carinae, which lies just outside the field of view toward the upper right. The Carina Nebula also contains several other stars that are among the hottest and most massive known, each about 10 times as hot, and 100 times as massive, as our Sun.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0006a/

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 Keyhole Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 43.2s
DEC = -59° 38’ 56.6”
Orientation
North is 182.5° CCW
Field of View
3.9 x 2.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Sii) 673.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (H-alpha) 656.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (V) 555.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (Oii) 502.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) 439.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Red
Red
Green
Green
Blue
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ID
opo0006a
Subject Category
B.4  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, Keyhole Nebula
Credits
NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)
Release Date
2000-02-03T07:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0006a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Red, Red, Red, Green, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, Sii, H-alpha, V, Oii, B
Central Wavelength
814, 673, 656, 555, 502, 439
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.1800809, -59.6490542
Reference Dimension
2292.0, 1480.0
Reference Pixel
1147.0, 741.0
Scale
2.8706954158e-05, 2.84567922355e-05
Rotation
182.5
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS info from NASA/Hubble
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
opo0006a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:15:57+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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