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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ESO's picture of the Carina Nebula reveals exquisite details!

ESO's picture of the Carina Nebula reveals exquisite details!
Click on the image for full resolution (5.8 MB)

Colour-composite image of the Carina Nebula, aka NGC 3372, revealing exquisite details in the stars and dust of the region. Several well known astronomical objects can be seen in this wide field image: to the bottom left of the image is one of the most impressive binary stars in the Universe, Eta Carinae, with the famous Keyhole Nebula just adjacent to the star. The collection of very bright, young stars above and to the right of Eta Carinae is the open star cluster Trumpler 14. A second open star cluster, Collinder 228 is also seen in the image, just below Eta Carinae. On this image, North is up and East is to the left. 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. This picture was created from images taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. On this image, North is up and East is to the left.
The full resolution image weighs 5.8 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO

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