WFC3 visible image of the Carina Nebula

Composed of gas and dust, the pictured pillar resides in a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina.

Taken in visible light, the image shows the tip of the three-light-year-long pillar, bathed in the glow of light from hot, massive stars off the top of the image. Scorching radiation and fast winds (streams of charged particles) from these stars are sculpting the pillar and causing new stars to form within it. Streamers of gas and dust can be seen flowing off the top of the structure.

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the Carina Nebula on 24-30 July 2009. WFC3 was installed aboard Hubble in May 2009 during Servicing Mission 4. The composite image was made from filters that isolate emission from iron, magnesium, oxygen, hydrogen and sulphur.

These Hubble observations of the Carina Nebula are part of the Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Early Release Observations.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

About the Image

Id:heic0910e
Type:Observation
Release date:9 September 2009, 17:00
Related releases:heic0910
Size:4533 x 2618 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7500 light years

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OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
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673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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