Eta Carinae nebula

Eta Carinae nebula

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Credit: NASA/ESA/STSCI/HUBBLE HERITAGE TEAM/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Eta Carinae nebula. Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of part of the Eta Carinae nebula (NGC 3372). This is a huge cloud of gas and dust surrounding the wildly erratic variable star Eta Carinae in the constellation Carina. The nebula is lit up by the ionisation of its hydrogen gas by radiation from hot, massive stars embedded in it. Two dense gaseous globules are seen at upper left and lower centre. These may one day condense to form stars or star clusters. The nebula lies about 8000 light years from Earth. Image made from four exposures taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on the HST in April 1999.

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Keywords: astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, dust, emission nebula, eta carinae, eta carinae nebula, evolution, globules, hii region, hst, hubble space telescope imagery, hydrogen gas, ngc 3372, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation, wfpc, wfpc2, wide field planetary camera 2

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