NASA's Spitzer, Hubble Find 'Twins' of Superstar Eta Carinae in Other Galaxies

Stsci_2016-01f_1024

stsci_2016-01f January 6th, 2016

Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Khan (GSFC and ORAU)

Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system located within 10,000 light-years of Earth, is best known for an enormous eruption seen in the mid-19th century that hurled an amount of material at least 10 times the sun's mass into space. Still shrouded by this expanding veil of gas and dust, Eta Carinae is the only object of its kind known in our galaxy. Now a study using archival data from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes has found five similar objects in other galaxies for the first time.

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Eta Twin
Subject - Local Universe
Star > Type > Variable > Pulsating

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 0h 43m 0.2s
DEC = -59° 41’ 4.0”
Constellation
Tucana

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Grayscale Hubble (WFC3) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Grayscale
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ID
2016-01f
Subject Category
C.3.2.1.1  
Subject Name
Eta Twin
Credits
NASA, ESA, and R. Khan (GSFC and ORAU)
Release Date
2016-01-06
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2016/news-2016-01
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble
Instrument
WFC3
Color Assignment
Grayscale
Band
Optical
Bandpass
I
Central Wavelength
814
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
10.7509847, -59.6844306
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
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-p1601f-f-816x816.tif
Metadata Date
2022-07-06T00:00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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