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March 30, 2010 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-11

Exploring the Carina Nebula By Touch


Image: Tactile Hubble Carina Nebula Image (Close-Up View)

Tactile Hubble Carina Nebula Image (Close-Up View)STScI-PRC2010-11b

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This close-up of the tactile Carina Nebula image clearly shows the raised lines, dots, arcs, and other markings that 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.

Image Type: Photograph

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


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