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January 14, 1994 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1994-09

Hubble Observes a Star On the Brink of Destruction

An Early Release Observation Release / An American Astronomical Society Meeting Release

January 14, 1994: 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.


Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Hester (Arizona State University)