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April 24, 2007 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-16

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme


Image: Carina Nebula Details: Pillar

Carina Nebula Details: Pillar

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An approximately one-light-year tall "pillar" of cold hydrogen towers above the wall of the molecular cloud. The 2.5-million-year-old star cluster called Trumpler 14 appears at the right side of the image. A small nugget of cold molecular hydrogen, called a Bok globule, is silhouetted against the star cluster.

Object Names: Carina Nebula, NGC 3372

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF


The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Carina Nebula Details Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Carina Nebula DetailsPRC2007-16c Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds

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