Hubble’s wide view of “Mystic Mountain” in the infrared

This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared image of a pillar of gas and dust, three light-years tall, that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby stars in the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. The image marks the 20th anniversary of Hubble's launch and deployment into an orbit around Earth.

The image reveals a myriad of stars behind the gaseous veil of the nebula’s wall of hydrogen, laced with dust. The foreground pillar becomes semi-transparent because infrared light from background stars penetrates through much of the dust. A few stars inside the pillar also become visible. The false colours are assigned to three different infrared wavelength ranges.

Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 observed the pillar in February/March 2010.

Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:heic1007f
Type:Observation
Release date:23 April 2010, 10:00
Related releases:heic1007
Size:1637 x 1449 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, HH 901, HH 902
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
Distance:7500 light years
Constellation:Carina

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 44 5.97
Position (Dec):-59° 30' 3.46"
Field of view:3.51 x 3.11 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 165.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Feii
1.64 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
Pa-beta
1.28 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
Feii
1.26 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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