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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 Region -- March 10, 2003

Eta Carinae Light Echo Region -- March 10, 2003

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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 an area near Eta Carinae that is not illuminated by the double-star system's outburst. The image was taken in March 2003 with the NOAO Optical Astronomy Observatory's Blanco 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile.

Object Name: Carina Nebula

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NOAO, AURA, NSF, and N. Smith (University of Arizona)

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Montage Image: Eta Carinae Light Echo Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Eta Carinae Light EchoPRC2012-12a Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- May 10, 2010 Image Type: Astronomical Eta Carinae Light Echo Brightening -- May 10, 2010 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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