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News release ID: STScI-2010-13
Release Date: Apr 22, 2010
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is a series of close-up views of the complex gas structures in a small portion of the Carina Nebula. The nebula is a cold cloud of predominantly hydrogen gas. It is laced with dust, which makes the cloud opaque. The cloud is being eroded by a gusher of ultraviolet light from young stars in the region. They sculpt a variety of fantasy shapes, many forming tadpole-like structures. In some frames, smaller pieces of nebulosity can be seen freely drifting, such as the 2.3-trillion-mile-long structure at upper right. The most striking feature is a 3.5-trillion-mile-long horizontal jet in the upper left frame. It is being blasted into space by a young star hidden in the tip of the pillar-like structure. A bowshock has formed near the tip of the jet.


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

Credits

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