Carina Nebula landscapes

[top] - An approximately one-light-year tall "pillar" of cold hydrogen towers above the wall of the molecular cloud. The 2.5-million-year-old star cluster called Trumpler 14 appears at the right side of the image. A small nugget of cold molecular hydrogen, called a Bok globule, is silhouetted against the star cluster.

[middle] - Detailed view of the central portion of the Carina Nebula near the so-called Keyhole Nebula.

[bottom] - These great clouds of cold hydrogen resemble summer afternoon thunderheads. They tower above the surface of a molecular cloud on the edge of the nebula. So-called "elephant trunk" pillars resist being heated and eaten away by blistering ultraviolet radiation from the nebula's brightest stars.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

Id:heic0707e
Type:Collage
Release date:24 April 2007, 15:00
Related releases:heic0707
Size:2793 x 4305 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, NGC 3372
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7500


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