The Expansion of Eta Carinae Debris

The furious expansion of a huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this Hubble Space Telescope comparison image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae.

To create the picture, astronomers aligned and subtracted two images of Eta Carinae taken 17 months apart (April 1994, September 1995). Black represents where the material was located in the older image, and white represents the more recent location.


Jon Morse (University of Colorado), Kris Davidson (University of Minnesota), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:10 June 1996, 06:00
Size:2065 x 2533 px

About the Object

Name:Eta Carinae, IRAS 10431-5925
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Distance:7500 light years

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658 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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