NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges 2022

Welcome to the AstroPix public image gallery for the Eta Carinae binary star system, the Challenge target for the Summer 2022 edition of NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges. Eta Carinae contains one of the most massive stars in the Milky Way galaxy, situated at the heart of the extensive star-forming region known as the Carina Nebula. Many different telescopes on Earth and in space have captured image data of this region at many different scales, wavelengths, and resolutions. Use these public release images from professional observatories to compare to the images you create yourself for NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges. You'll notice that the creators of these professional astrophotos use many different image processing techniques, color choices, and descriptive captions to bring out details and to communicate the scientific story told by the data.


Narrow Field • Eta Car

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Optical Ultraviolet

The expansion of Eta Carinae debris

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Ultraviolet

3D Image of Eta Carinae

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Ultraviolet Optical

Cosmic Fireworks in Ultraviolet

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X-ray

Our Neighboring Superstars

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Ultraviolet Optical

Preview of a forthcoming supernova

Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula
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Infrared

Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula

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Infrared

Eta Carinae

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X-ray Optical

New View of Doomed Star

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Shocking Detail of Superstar's Activity Revealed

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Eta Carinae

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Eta Carinae

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Eta Carinae

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Wide Field • Carina Nebula

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Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)

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First Light for SPECULOOS Southern Observatorys Europa Telescope

Carina Nebula
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Optical Infrared

The Carina Nebula in infrared light

Carina Nebula
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The Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula
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Infrared

The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae

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Optical

Panoramic view of the WR 22 and Eta Carinae regions of the Carina Nebula*

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Carina Nebula (ground-based image)

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Millimeter Optical

The cool clouds of Carina

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Nearby Supernova Factory Ramps Up

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Optical Infrared

New View of the Great Nebula in Carina

Carina Nebula NGC 3372 Eta Carinae
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Ultraviolet Optical

Trumpler 14 in the Carina Nebula

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Star birth in the extreme

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About NASA's Astrophoto Challenges


NASA's Universe of Learning

ViewSpace | Eta Carinae Interactive

Interactively view Eta Carinae across the spectrum of light at ViewSpace

Universe Unplugged | Eta Carinae: The Great Eruption of a Massive Star

See a recreation of the 3D structure of Eta Carinae at Universe Unplugged