Sunday, January 29, 2012

Carina Nebula

Of all the sights in the universe, the Carina nebula is by far one of the most spectacular. This nebula, spanning 50 light years, lies a daunting 7,500 light years from earth. But even at this great distance, it continues to be a breathtaking phenomenon to behold.
This is a full image of the Carina nebula

The large bright spot near the middle of this image is Eta Carinae, a hypergiant star.

These pillars of gas and dust are resisting erosion from stellar winds.

The glowing "caterpillar" to the right is a globule of cold dust and gas that is illuminated by stellar radiation.

For more concerning the Carina nebula, I would recommend visiting and going to their image tour.

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