Carina Nebula Details

These three snapshots reveal nuggets of cold molecular hydrogen in the Carina Nebula.

This Hubble Space Telescope view of the central region of the Carina Nebula reveals a violent maelstrom of star birth. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the intense pressure of starlight from monster stars and their accompanying star clusters, as well as the hydrodynamics of their stellar winds of charged particles.The glowing edges of some of these objects indicates that they are being photoionized by the hottest stars in the cluster. It has been hypothesized that stars may form inside such dusty cocoons.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

Id:heic0707d
Type:Observation
Release date:24 April 2007, 15:00
Related releases:heic0707
Size:4167 x 2823 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7500 light years

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656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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501 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha + Nii
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
Sii
672 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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