Hubble photographs turbulent neighborhood near eruptive star

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esahubble_opo0331a November 6th, 2003

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

A small portion of the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of swirling dust and gas near one of the most massive and eruptive stars in our galaxy is seen in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. This close-up view shows only a three light-year-wide portion of the entire Carina Nebula, which has a diameter of over 200 light-years. Located 8,000 light-years from Earth, the nebula can be seen in the southern sky with the naked eye. Dramatic dark dust knots and complex structures are sculpted by the high-velocity stellar winds and high-energy radiation from the ultra-luminous variable star called Eta Carinae, or Eta Car (located outside the picture). This image shows a region in the Carina Nebula between two large clusters of some of the most massive and hottest known stars.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0331a/

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 NGC 3372
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula
Esahubble_opo0331a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 54.3s
DEC = -59° 36’ 10.5”
Orientation
North is 173.3° CW
Field of View
1.2 x 2.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Hubble (WFPC2) Infrared (I) 814.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (V) 606.0 nm
Blue Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (B) 450.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
opo0331a
Subject Category
B.4  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Credits
NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)
Release Date
2003-11-06T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo0331a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, WFPC2
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
I, V, B
Central Wavelength
814, 606, 450
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.226068337, -59.6029293976
Reference Dimension
730.0, 1325.0
Reference Pixel
365.0, 662.5
Scale
-2.76402184879e-05, 2.76402184879e-05
Rotation
-173.28000000000006
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
opo0331a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:31:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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