Star birth in the extreme

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esahubble_heic0707a April 24th, 2007

Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born. The immense nebula is an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina the Keel (of the old southern constellation Argo Navis, the ship of Jason and the Argonauts, from Greek mythology). This image is a mosaic of the Carina Nebula assembled from 48 frames taken with Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The Hubble images were taken in the light of ionized hydrogen. Colour information was added with data taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Red corresponds to sulfur, green to hydrogen, and blue to oxygen emission.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0707a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula NGC 3372
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 28.8s
DEC = -59° 35’ 47.5”
Orientation
North is 50.3° CW
Field of View
24.6 x 11.9 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Luminosity Hubble (ACS) Optical (H-alpha + Nii) 658.0 nm
Red Other (None) Optical (Sii) 672.0 nm
Green Other (None) Optical (H-alpha + Nii) 658.0 nm
Blue Other (None) Optical (Oiii) 501.0 nm
Spectrum_base
Luminosity
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
heic0707a
Subject Category
B.4  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Credits
NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date
2007-04-24T15:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0707a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope, Other, Other, Other
Instrument
ACS, None, None, None
Color Assignment
Luminosity, Red, Green, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
H-alpha + Nii, Sii, H-alpha + Nii, Oiii
Central Wavelength
658, 672, 658, 501
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.120000825, -59.5965242562
Reference Dimension
29566.0, 14321.0
Reference Pixel
14783.0, 7160.5
Scale
-1.38679806218e-05, 1.38679806218e-05
Rotation
-50.320000000000043
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
7.3924
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
heic0707a
Metadata Date
2007-04-17T16:46:13+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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