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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


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This labeled image identifies some of the significant features in the Carina Nebula region. The rectangles outline the details in the accompanying photographs. Several of the brightest stars are identified by their catalog numbers (CPD=Cape Observatory Photographic Durchmusterung, HD, HDE=Henry Draper Catalog), among the hottest, heaviest stars known. The brighter stars outside of the compact cluster Trumpler 14 belong to another larger cluster, Trumpler 16, which also includes the peculiar star Eta Carinae. Several of these are multiple systems: HD 93129 includes three stars. HD 93160 and HD 39161 are a binary system and HD 93161 is itelf binary.

Object Names: Carina Nebula, NGC 3372

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay (STScI)


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