Hubble's Wide View of 'Mystic Mountain' in Infrared
Hubble's Wide View of 'Mystic Mountain' in Infrared
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News release ID: STScI-2010-13
Release Date: Apr 22, 2010
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared-light image of a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby stars in the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. The image marks the 20th anniversary of Hubble's launch and deployment into an orbit around Earth.

The image reveals a plethora of stars behind the gaseous veil of the nebula's wall of hydrogen, laced with dust. The foreground pillar becomes semi-transparent because infrared light from background stars penetrates through much of the dust. A few stars inside the pillar also become visible. The false colors are assigned to three different infrared wavelength ranges.

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the pillar in February and March 2010.


Tags
Astronomical, Emission Nebulae, Hubble Telescope, Nebulae, Stars, Stellar Jets

Credits

NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)