Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar

Stsci_2007-16e_1024

stsci_2007-16e April 24th, 2007

Credit: Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF

A Bok globule nicknamed the "caterpillar" appears at the right. Its glowing edge indicates that it is being photoionized by the hottest stars in the cluster. It has been hypothesized that stars may form inside such dusty cocoons. The top of the Keyhole Nebula, the most prominent feature embedded inside Carina, is on the left. Another Bok globule is in the foreground.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2007/news-2007-16

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula NGC 3372
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission

Distance

Universescale1
7,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (FK5)
RA = 10h 44m 31.1s
DEC = -59° 36’ 17.9”
Orientation
North is 120.5° CCW
Field of View
-4.3 x -2.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue CTIO (MOSAIC2) Optical (OIII) 501.0 nm
Green CTIO (MOSAIC2) Optical (H-alpha+[NII]) 658.0 nm
Luminosity Hubble (ACS) Optical (H-alpha+[NII]) 658.0 nm
Red CTIO (MOSAIC2) Optical (SII) 673.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Luminosity
Red
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ID
2007-16e
Subject Category
B.4.2.1  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Credits
Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF
Release Date
2007-04-24T00:00:00
Lightyears
7,500
Redshift
7,500
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2007/news-2007-16
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Distance in lightyears
Facility
CTIO, CTIO, Hubble, CTIO
Instrument
MOSAIC2, MOSAIC2, ACS, MOSAIC2
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Luminosity, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
OIII, H-alpha+[NII], H-alpha+[NII], SII
Central Wavelength
501, 658, 658, 673
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
FK5
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
161.1296158529999900, -59.6049670307000028
Reference Dimension
5200.0000000000000000, 2500.0000000000000000
Reference Pixel
2915.6016845700000886, 479.8380432100000235
Scale
0.0000138832639417, -0.0000138832639417
Rotation
120.5460007908083497
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p0716e-f-5200x2500.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p0716e-f-5200x2500.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/16
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
7,500 light years