Hubble Photographs Turbulent Neighborhood Near Eruptive Star

A small portion of the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of swirling dust and gas near one of the most massive and eruptive stars in our galaxy is seen in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. This close-up view shows only a three light-year-wide portion of the entire Carina Nebula, which has a diameter of over 200 light-years. Located 8,000 light-years from Earth, the nebula can be seen in the southern sky with the naked eye.

Dramatic dark dust knots and complex structures are sculpted by the high-velocity stellar winds and high-energy radiation from the ultra-luminous variable star called Eta Carinae, or Eta Car (located outside the picture). This image shows a region in the Carina Nebula between two large clusters of some of the most massive and hottest known stars.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0331a
Type:Observation
Release date:6 November 2003, 15:00
Size:730 x 1325 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7500 light years

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