Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Carina Nebula Panorama from Hubble


Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (U. California, Berkeley) et al., and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Explanation: In one of the brightest parts of Milky Way lies a nebula where some of the oddest things occur. NGC 3372, known as the Great Nebula in Carina, is home to massive stars and changing nebula. Eta Carinae, the most energetic star in the nebula, was one of the brightest stars in the sky in the 1830s, but then faded dramatically. The Keyhole Nebula, visible left the center, houses several of the most massive stars known and has also changed its appearance. The entire Carina Nebula spans over 300 light years and lies about 7,500 light-years away in the constellation of Carina. Pictured above is the most detailed image of the Carina Nebula ever taken. The controlled color image is a composite of 48 high-resolution frames taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and released to honor its 17th anniversary. Wide-field annotated and zoomable image versions are also available.

11 comments:

Farmer John said...

Anybody else see a dove landing?

Brooke said...

It is breathtaking.

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Eyes said...

Ya, I see it! We need Nanc over here though for the final word:>D

Gayle said...

It's beautiful! I see a dove. Unfortunately I also see a Muslim and a skull. I believe I need to go take a nap and clear my overworked brain. :(

Eyes said...

OMGosh, I see that too! hee hee,,, nap time:>D

The Merry Widow said...

We have mohammadins on our brains...gee, we must be biased and racists!
sarc/off

tmw

Eyes said...

YEs, such islamaphobes!

nanc said...

that's my backyard once we go home - i've always loved opals and that is pure opal!

y'all can come visit anytime...

Eyes said...

Australian opal!

Eyes said...

Ya, I've been not making the rounds... sorry.... a thousand apologies. Your posts are so long... I'm a hit and run blogger...