Carina Nebula western wall (with adaptive optics)

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noirlab_noirlab2025a October 5th, 2020

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Hartigan (Rice University) Acknowledgment:  Image processing: Patrick Hartigan (Rice University), Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

A 50-trillion-km (33-trillion-mile, or 5 light-year) long section of the western wall in the Carina Nebula, as observed with adaptive optics on the Gemini South telescope. This mountainous section of the nebula reveals a number of unusual structures including a long series of parallel ridges that could be produced by a magnetic field, a remarkable almost perfectly smooth wave, and fragments that appear to be in the process of being sheared off the cloud by a strong wind. There is also evidence for a jet of material ejected from a newly-formed star. The exquisite detail seen in the image is in part due to a technology known as adaptive optics, which resulted in a ten-fold improvement in the resolution of the research team’s observations.

Provider: NOIRLab

Image Source: https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noirlab2025a/

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

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Carina Nebula
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 43m 30.6s
DEC = -59° 35’ 19.9”
Orientation
North is 90.0° CW
Field of View
2.9 x 1.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Carina

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Orange Gemini-S (GSAOI) Infrared (H2(1-0) S(1)) 2.2 µm
Cyan Gemini-S (GSAOI) Infrared (H I Brγ) 2.2 µm
Spectrum_base
Orange
Cyan
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ID
noirlab2025a
Subject Category
Subject Name
Carina Nebula
Credits
International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/P. Hartigan (Rice University) Acknowledgment:  Image processing: Patrick Hartigan (Rice University), Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin
Release Date
2020-10-05T06:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noirlab2025a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini South, Gemini South
Instrument
GSAOI, GSAOI
Color Assignment
Orange, Cyan
Band
Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
H2(1-0) S(1), H I Brγ
Central Wavelength
2248, 2166
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
160.877509173, -59.5888581524
Reference Dimension
2954.0, 1576.0
Reference Pixel
1477.0, 788.0
Scale
-1.62540435041e-05, 1.62540435041e-05
Rotation
-89.980000000000075
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NSF's NOIRLab
URL
https://noirlab.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
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
noirlab2025a
Metadata Date
2020-09-24T16:45:06+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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