Eta Carinae

Esahubble_opo9110a_1024

esahubble_opo9110a May 17th, 1991

Credit: J. Hester/Caltech & NASA/ESA

A Hubble Space Telescope observation of the star Eta Carinae, made with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WF/PC). An eruptive variable star, Eta Carinae has expelled a large amount of gas into the surrounding interstellar medium. The HST resolves individual clumps as small as only about ten times the size of our Solar System. Because it is clumpy on such small scales, and has such a well defined edge, the nebula is probably a thin and well defined shell of material, rather than a filled volume. Radiation pressure and stellar wind from Eta Carinae have fragmented the shell. Ejecta from the star slams into slower moving gas to create a ridge of emission to the lower right. This ridge is in fact part of a "cap" of material located to the southwest and behind the star. Small knots and filaments trace the locations of other shock fronts within the nebula.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9110a/

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 > Wolf-Rayet
Esahubble_opo9110a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 45m 3.6s
DEC = -59° 41’ 1.3”
Orientation
North is 5.3° CCW
Field of View
0.9 x 0.7 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Grayscale Hubble (WFPC1) Optical (NII) -
Esahubble_opo9110a_1280
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ID
opo9110a
Subject Category
B.3.2.4  
Subject Name
Eta Carinae
Credits
J. Hester/Caltech & NASA/ESA
Release Date
1991-05-17T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9110a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC1
Color Assignment
Grayscale
Band
Optical
Bandpass
NII
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.265091173, -59.6836899514
Reference Dimension
3249.0, 2401.0
Reference Pixel
1624.5, 1200.5
Scale
-4.72413105339e-06, 4.72413105339e-06
Rotation
5.32
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
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
opo9110a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:34:46+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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