The Carina Nebula

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Duration: 23 seconds

The Carina Nebula is an immense cloud of gas and dust where a maelstrom of star birth and death is taking place. The nebula is located an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina the Keel. The nebula’s fantastic landscape is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.


Tags
Emission Nebulae, Nebulae

Credits

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI);
Acknowledgment: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (UC Berkeley), and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Publication: April 24, 2007


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