Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula, 2 March 2000.

Light and Shadow in the Carina Nebula, 2 March 2000.
4 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm

Description

Previously unseen details of a mysterious, complex structure within the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) are revealed by this image of the "Keyhole Nebula," obtained with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture is a montage asembled from four different April 1999 telescope pointings with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, which used six different color filters. The picture is dominated by a large, approximately circular feature, which is part of the Keyhole Nebula, named in the 19th century by Sir John Herschel. This region, about 8000 light-years from Earth, is located adjacent to the famous explosive variable star Eta Carinae, which lies just outside the field of view toward the upper right.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10406001

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