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March 30, 2010 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-11

Exploring the Carina Nebula By Touch

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Image: Tactile Hubble Carina Nebula Image and Figure Legend

Tactile Hubble Carina Nebula Image and Figure LegendSTScI-PRC2010-11a

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The raised arcs, lines, dots, and other markings in this 17-by-11-inch Hubble Space Telescope image of the Carina Nebula highlight important features in the giant gas cloud, allowing visually impaired people to feel what they cannot see and form a picture of the nebula in their minds.

Located 7,500 light-years from Earth, the Carina Nebula is a 3-million-year-old gigantic cloud where thousands of stars are cycling through the stages of stellar life and death. This image shows massive stars near the end of their lives and energetic young stars that are sculpting a fantasy landscape of bubbles, valleys, mountains, and pillars. The nebula is 300 light-years wide, but Hubble captured a 50-light-year-wide view of its central region.

A legend identifying the raised features is below the image.

Image Type: Photograph

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Mutchler (STScI/AURA) and N. Grice (You Can Do Astronomy LLC)

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