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Star birth in the extreme by Rob Nijlaan

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Taken by
Rob Nijlaan Rob Nijlaan
Explore score
0.42 Gigapixels
Date added
May 26, 2009
Date taken
May 25, 2009

Id: heic0707a
Object: NGC 3372, Carina Nebula
Type: Nebula
Instru-ment: ACS
Width: 29566
Height: 14321

Hubble's view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of outflowing winds and scorching ultraviolet radiation from the monster stars that inhabit this inferno. In the process, these stars are shredding the surrounding material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.

The immense nebula is an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina the Keel (of the old southern constellation Argo Navis, the ship of Jason and the Argonauts, from Greek mythology).

This image is a mosaic of the Carina Nebula assembled from 48 frames taken with Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The Hubble images were taken in the light of ionized hydrogen. Colour information was added with data taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. Red corresponds to sulfur, green to hydrogen, and blue to oxygen emission.

Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Gigapan Comments (5)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (July 20, 2009, 02:07AM )

    Can this image be geocoded? GE has an option to see the night sky but I have never explored it.

  2. Emmerson Maurilio

    Emmerson Maurilio (July 05, 2009, 04:08AM )

    Congratulations and thanks for this Giga. Wainting for others!!!

  3. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (May 26, 2009, 11:52AM )

    Unbelievable... Really beautiful.

  4. David Engle

    David Engle (May 26, 2009, 10:46AM )

    Its an out-of-this-world experience to view this extraordinary GigaPan.

  5. Rob Nijlaan

    Rob Nijlaan (May 26, 2009, 06:23AM )

    See more pictures and read more on: www.spacetelescope.org/images/inde x.html Will open in a new tab or window

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