The Carina Nebula

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eso_etamosaicnm2 December 3rd, 2009

Credit: ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R.Gendler, J-E. Ovaldsen, C. Thöne, and C. Feron.

The Carina Nebula is a large bright nebula that surrounds several clusters of stars. It contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, Eta Carinae and HD 93129A. Located 7500 light years away, the nebula itself spans some 260 light years across, about 7 times the size of the Orion Nebula, and is shown in all its glory in this mosaic. It is based on images collected with the 1.5-m Danish telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory. Being brighter than one million Suns, Eta Carinae (the brightest star in this image) is the most luminous star known in the Galaxy, and has most likely a mass over 100 times that of the Sun. It is the closest example of a luminous blue variable, the last phase in the life of a very massive star before it explodes in a fiery supernova. Eta Carinae is surrounded by an expanding bipolar cloud of dust and gas known as the Homunculus ('little man' in Latin), which astronomers believe was expelled from the star during a great outburst seen in 1843.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: http://www.eso.org/public/images/etamosaicnm2/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Grouping > Cluster
Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 44m 13.1s
DEC = -59° 38’ 29.1”
Orientation
North is 44.0° CW
Field of View
38.3 x 23.2 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Blue ESO-Danish-1.54m (None) Optical (B) -
Green ESO-Danish-1.54m (None) Optical (V) -
Red ESO-Danish-1.54m (None) Optical (R) -
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ID
etamosaicnm2
Subject Category
B.3.6.4   B.4  
Subject Name
Carina Nebula
Credits
ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R.Gendler, J-E. Ovaldsen, C. Thöne, and C. Feron.
Release Date
2009-12-03T23:18:28
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.eso.org/public/images/etamosaicnm2/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Danish 1.54-metre telescope, Danish 1.54-metre telescope, Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Instrument
None, None, None
Color Assignment
Blue, Green, Red
Band
Optical, Optical, Optical
Bandpass
B, V, R
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.054461338, -59.6414152808
Reference Dimension
5828.0, 3524.0
Reference Pixel
2649.846, 1529.808
Scale
-0.000109655494925, 0.000109655494925
Rotation
-43.999999999999865
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
http://www.eso.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
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
etamosaicnm2
Metadata Date
2009-11-26T15:46:07+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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