Comparison of images with and without Adaptive Optics (labeled)

This image shows a comparison of the new image (top) of the western wall of the Carina Nebula taken by the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab, and an image of the same region without Adaptive Optics (bottom). The top image was taken with the Gemini South telescope with the GSAOI instrument using the GeMS adaptive optics system, and the bottom image was taken at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory with the Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope using the NEWFIRM instrument.

Credit:

International Gemini Observatory/CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

Acknowledgment: 

PI: Patrick Hartigan (Rice University)

Image processing: Patrick Hartigan (Rice University), Travis Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage), Mahdi Zamani & Davide de Martin

About the Image

Id:noirlab2025b
Type:Collage
Release date:Oct. 5, 2020, 6 a.m.
Related releases:noirlab2025
Size:4002 x 4268 px

About the Object

Name:Carina Nebula
Category:Nebulae

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Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
H I Brγ
2.166 μmGemini South
GSAOI
Infrared
Br γ
2.168 μmVíctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
NEWFIRM
Infrared
H2(1-0) S(1)
2.248 μmGemini South
GSAOI
Infrared
H2
2.132 μmVíctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope
NEWFIRM