Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar
Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar
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Fast Facts
News release ID: STScI-2007-16
Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

A Bok globule nicknamed the "caterpillar" appears at the right. Its glowing edge indicates that it is being photoionized by the hottest stars in the cluster. It has been hypothesized that stars may form inside such dusty cocoons. The top of the Keyhole Nebula, the most prominent feature embedded inside Carina, is on the left. Another Bok globule is in the foreground.


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Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, Hubble Heritage, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae

Credits

Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA);
Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF