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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Carina Nebula around the Wolf–Rayet Star WR 22

The Carina Nebula around the Wolf–Rayet Star WR 22
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This image of part of the Carina Nebula was created from images taken through red, green and blue filters with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. It is centred on the unusual hot massive young star WR 22, a member of the rare class of Wolf–Rayet stars. The field of view is 0.55 x 0.55 degrees, covering a 72 x 72 light-year region at the distance of the nebula.
The full resolution image weighs 8.4 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO

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