WFC3 infrared image of 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 infrared light, the image shows the dense column and the surrounding greenish-coloured gas all but disappear. Only a faint outline of the pillar remains. By penetrating the wall of gas and dust, the infrared vision of WFC3 reveals the infant star that is probably blasting the jet. Part of the jet nearest the star is more prominent in this view. These features can be seen because infrared light, unlike visible light, can pass through the dust.

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:heic0910f
Type:Observation
Release date:9 September 2009, 17:00
Related releases:heic0910
Size:4533 x 2618 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
FeII
1.26 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
FeII
1.64 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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