Hubble Captures Spectacular "Landscape" in the Carina Nebula

Stsci_2010-13g_1024

stsci_2010-13g April 22nd, 2010

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this billowing cloud of cold interstellar gas and dust rising from a tempestuous stellar nursery located in the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. This pillar of dust and gas serves as an incubator for new stars and is teeming with new star-forming activity. Hot, young stars erode and sculpt the clouds into this fantasy landscape by sending out thick stellar winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation. The low-density regions of the nebula are shredded while the denser parts resist erosion and remain as thick pillars. In the dark, cold interiors of these columns new stars continue to form. In the process of star formation, a disk around the proto-star slowly accretes onto the star's surface. The jets have speeds of several hundreds of miles per second. As these jets plow into the surround nebula, they create small, glowing patches of nebulosity, called Herbig-Haro (HH) objects. Long streamers of gas can be seen shooting in opposite directions off the pedestal on the upper right-hand side of the image. Another pair of jets is visible in a peak near the top-center of the image. These jets (known as HH 901 and HH 902, respectively) are common signatures of the births of new stars.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2010/news-2010-13

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
HH 901 HH 902
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Appearance > Emission
Nebula > Type > Jet

Distance

Universescale1
7,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 4.4s
DEC = -59° 30’ 6.6”
Orientation
North is 117.2° CCW
Field of View
2.6 x 1.8 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue Hubble (WFC3) Optical ([O III]) 502.0 nm
Green Hubble (WFC3) Optical (Halpha+[N II]) 657.0 nm
Red Hubble (WFC3) Optical ([S II]) 673.0 nm
February 1-2, 2010
Spectrum_base
Blue
Green
Red
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ID
2010-13g
Subject Category
B.4.2.1   B.4.1.5  
Subject Name
HH 901, HH 902
Credits
NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
Release Date
2010-04-22T00:00:00+00:00
Lightyears
7,500
Redshift
7,500
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2010/news-2010-13
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
7,500 light-years (2,300 parsecs)
Facility
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
WFC3, WFC3, WFC3
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
[O III], Halpha+[N II], [S II]
Central Wavelength
502, 657, 673
Start Time
2010-02-02T00:00:00, 2010-02-02T00:00:00, 2010-02-02T00:00:00
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
F
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.0181729, -59.5018234
Reference Dimension
4003.0, 2719.0
Reference Pixel
2002.5, 1360.5
Scale
-1.10052e-05, 1.1005174e-05
Rotation
117.19
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
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-p1013g-f-4003x2719.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p1013g-f-4003x2719.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/13
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
7,500 light years