Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula

Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the 'Keyhole Nebula, ' obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage assembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different colour filters. The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, named in the 19th century by Sir John Herschel. This region, about 8000 light-years from Earth, is located adjacent to the famous explosive variable star Eta Carinae, which lies just outside the field of view toward the upper right. The Carina Nebula also contains several other stars that are among the hottest and most massive known, each about 10 times as hot, and 100 times as massive, as our Sun.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0006a
Type:Observation
Release date:3 February 2000, 07:00
Size:2292 x 1480 px

About the Object

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

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Oii
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
Sii
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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