Astronomers Blown Away by Historic Stellar Blast

Color image taken with the Hubble Space Telecope’s WFPC2 camera, showing the dumbbell-shaped cloud of gas and dust around the star. This nebula contains more than 10 times the mass of our Sun, which was ejected by Eta Carinae in the 19th century Great Eruption.

Credit:

N. Smith (U. Arizona) and NASA.

About the Image

Id:gemini1805a
Type:Observation
Release date:Aug. 2, 2018
Related releases:gemini1805
Size:1624 x 1335 px

About the Object

Name:Eta Carinae
Category:Nebulae

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