Details in a cosmic pinnacle

This is a series of close-up views of the complex gas structures in a small portion of the Carina Nebula. The nebula is a cold cloud of predominantly hydrogen gas. It is laced with dust, which makes the cloud opaque. The cloud is being eroded by a gusher of ultraviolet light from young stars in the region. They sculpt a variety of fantasy shapes, many forming tadpole-like structures. In some frames, smaller pieces of nebulosity can be seen freely drifting, such as the  structure, four trillion kilometres long, at upper right. The most striking feature is a horizontal jet 5.5 trillion kilometres long in the upper left frame. It is being blasted into space by a young star hidden in the tip of the pillar-like structure. A bowshock has formed near the tip of the jet.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

About the Image

Id:heic1007d
Type:Collage
Release date:23 April 2010, 10:00
Related releases:heic1007
Size:1800 x 1200 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula, HH 901, HH 902
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Jet
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:7500 light years

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WFC3
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WFC3

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