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.
NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
About the Image
|Release date:||23 April 2010, 10:00|
|Size:||1637 x 1449 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Carina Nebula, HH 901, HH 902|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula|
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
• Nebulae Images/Videos
|Distance:||7500 light years|
Colours & filters
|1.64 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.28 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.26 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|