WFPC2 Mosaic of Carina Nebula Region

This NASA Hubble Space Telescope close-up view, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera, shows a three light-year-wide portion of the Carina Nebula, which has a diameter of over 200 light-years. This region in the Carina Nebula is between two large clusters of some of the hottest and most massive stars known.

The dramatic dark dust knots and complex structures captured in this image are sculpted by the high-velocity stellar winds and high-energy radiation from an ultra-luminous variable star called Eta Carinae.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0331b
Type:Observation
Release date:6 November 2003, 15:00
Size:1500 x 1479 px

About the Object

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

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450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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