Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds
Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds
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News release ID: STScI-2007-16
Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
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These great clouds of cold hydrogen resemble summer afternoon thunderheads. They tower above the surface of a molecular cloud on the edge of the nebula. So-called "elephant trunk" pillars resist being heated and eaten away by blistering ultraviolet radiation from the nebula's brightest stars.


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Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, 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