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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: The Caterpillar

Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar

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A Bok globule nicknamed the "caterpillar" appears at the right. Its glowing edge indicates that it is being photoionized by the hottest stars in the cluster. It has been hypothesized that stars may form inside such dusty cocoons. The top of the Keyhole Nebula, the most prominent feature embedded inside Carina, is on the left. Another Bok globule is in the foreground.

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: Pillar Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula Details: Pillar Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds

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