Eta Carinae light echo region — 10 March 2003

The double-star system Eta Carinae, about 120 times more massive than the Sun, produced a spectacular outburst that was seen on Earth from 1837 to 1858. This image shows an area near Eta Carinae that is not illuminated by the double-star system's outburst. The image was taken in March 2003 with the NOAO Optical Astronomy Observatory's Blanco 4-metre telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Credit:

NOAO, AURA, NSF, and N. Smith (University of Arizona)

About the Image

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Id:opo1212b
Type:Observation
Release date:20 February 2012, 12:12
Size:600 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Eta Carinae
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
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