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Hubble Observes a Star On the Brink of Destruction

Release date: Jan 14, 1994 12:00 AM (EST)
Release type: American Astronomical Society Meeting / Early Release Observation

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope "natural color" image of the material surrounding the star Eta Carinae, as imaged by the Wide Fuel Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2).

The Camera was installed in the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-61 Hubble Servicing Mission. The WFPC-2 optically corrects for the aberration of the telescope's primary minor, restoring the telescope's vision to its originally planned clarity.