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February 15, 2012 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-12

Astronomers Watch Delayed Broadcast of a Powerful Stellar Eruption

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Image: Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- May 10, 2010

Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- May 10, 2010

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The double-star system Eta Carinae, about 120 times more massive than the Sun, produced a spectacular outburst that was seen on Earth from 1837 to 1858. This image shows the light from Eta Carinae's outburst illuminating the dust clouds near the doomed star system as it moves through them. The effect is like shining a flashlight on different regions of a vast cavern. The image was taken in March 2010 with the NOAO Optical Astronomy Observatory's Blanco 4-meter telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Object Name: Carina Nebula

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, NOAO, and A. Rest (STScI)

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Montage Image: Eta Carinae Light Echo Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Eta Carinae Light EchoPRC2012-12a Eta Carinae Light Echo Region -- March 10, 2003 Image Type: Astronomical Eta Carinae Light Echo Region -- March 10, 2003 Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- February 6, 2011 Image Type: Astronomical Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- February 6, 2011 Carina Nebula Image Type: Astronomical Carina Nebula

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