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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: Great Clouds

Carina Nebula Details: Great Clouds

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These great clouds of cold hydrogen resemble summer afternoon thunderheads. They tower above the surface of a molecular cloud on the edge of the nebula. So-called "elephant trunk" pillars resist being heated and eaten away by blistering ultraviolet radiation from the nebula's brightest stars.

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: The Caterpillar Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula Details: The Caterpillar

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