Eta Carinae Light Echo Region - March 10, 2003

Eta Carinae Light Echo Region - March 10, 2003

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News release ID: STScI-2012-12
Release Date: Feb 15, 2012
Image Use: Copyright
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The double-star system Eta Carinae, about 120 times more massive than the Sun, produced a spectacular outburst that was seen on Earth from 1837 to 1858. This image shows an area near Eta Carinae that is not illuminated by the double-star system's outburst. The image was taken in March 2003 with the NOAO Optical Astronomy Observatory's Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

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NOAO, AURA, NSF, and N. Smith (University of Arizona)