Eta Carinae light echo brightening 10 May 2010

Esahubble_opo1212c_500

esahubble_opo1212c February 20th, 2012

Credit: NASA, NOAO, and A. Rest (STScI)

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 the light from Eta Carinae's outburst illuminating the dust clouds near the doomed star system as it moves through them. The effect is like shining a flashlight on different regions of a vast cavern. The image was taken in March 2010 with the NOAO Optical Astronomy Observatory's Blanco 4-metre telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo1212c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Eta Carinae
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Type » Variable
Esahubble_opo1212c_1280
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ID
opo1212c
Subject Category
B.3.2.1  
Subject Name
Eta Carinae
Credits
NASA, NOAO, and A. Rest (STScI)
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo1212c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Instrument
Color Assignment
Band
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
30.000
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
600.0, 600.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo1212c
Metadata Date
2017-03-17T15:59:55.195856
Metadata Version
1.1
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