Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula

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noirlab_gemini1001a January 4th, 2010

Credit: International Gemini Observatory

Eta Carinae as imaged by the Gemini South telescope in Chile with the Near Infrared Coronagraphic Imager (NICI) using adaptive optics to reduce blurring by turbulence in the Earths atmosphere. In this image the bipolar lobes of the Homunculus Nebula are visible with the never-before imaged Little Homunculus Nebula visible as a faint blue glow, mostly in the lower lobe. The Butterfly Nebula is visible (region circled) as the yellowish glow with dark filamentary structure close to, and mostly below/left, of the central star system (the central star system appears as a dark spot due to the coronagraphic blocking (occulting) disk used to eliminate the stars bright glare). See Image Release for details Technical Details: This image is a color composite using three infrared filters: [Fe II] (1.644 micron) blue layer; H2 2-1 S(1) (2.2465 micron) green layer; Br(gamma) (2.1686 micron) red layer. The field of view for the image is 16.0 x 15.4 arcseconds and is oriented with north up and east to the left.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1001a/

Curator: NSF's NOIRLab, Tucson, AZ, USA

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Eta Carinae
Subject - Milky Way
Nebula > Type > Planetary
Noirlab_gemini1001a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 45m 3.8s
DEC = -59° 41’ 4.4”
Orientation
North is 0.1° CCW
Field of View
0.3 x 0.3 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red Gemini-S (NICI) Infrared (Br-gamma) 2.2 µm
Green Gemini-S (NICI) Infrared (H2 2-1 S(1)) 2.2 µm
Blue Gemini-S (NICI) Infrared (Fe II) 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Red
Green
Blue
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ID
gemini1001a
Subject Category
B.4.1.3  
Subject Name
Eta Carinae
Credits
International Gemini Observatory
Release Date
2010-01-04T20:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/gemini1001a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini South, Gemini South, Gemini South
Instrument
NICI, NICI, NICI
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Br-gamma, H2 2-1 S(1), Fe II
Central Wavelength
2168, 2246, 1644
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
161.265723822, -59.6845637651
Reference Dimension
898.0, 859.0
Reference Pixel
449.0, 429.5
Scale
-4.93742456898e-06, 4.93742456898e-06
Rotation
0.060000000000000012
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Peter Michaud
Email
pmichaud @ gemini.edu
Telephone
808.974.2500
Address
950 North Cherry Ave.
City
Tucson
State/Province
AZ
Postal Code
85719
Country
USA
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
NSF's NOIRLab
Publisher ID
noirlab
Resource ID
gemini1001a
Metadata Date
2020-04-14T22:32:44+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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