Eta Carinae

Hubble Observes a Star on the Brink of Destruction

A NASA Hubble Space Telescope "natural color" image of the material surrounding the star Eta Carinae, as imaged by the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC-2).

STScI-PR94-09 - September 1994
Credit: J. Hester/Arizona State University, and NASA

Super-Sharp View of the Doomed Star Eta Carinae

A huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds is captured in this stunning NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the super-massive star Eta Carinae.

STScI-PRC96-23a - June 10, 1996
Jon Morse (University of Colorado), and NASA

Hubble Shows Expansion of Eta Carinae Debris

The furious expansion of a huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds is captured in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope comparison image of the super-massive star Eta Carinae.

STScI-PRC96-23b - June 10, 1996
Jon Morse (University of Colorado), Kris Davidson (University of Minnesota), and NASA

X-Rays Reveal Gigantic Star May Be Twins

Eta Carinae, one of the Milky Way Galaxy's largest stars may in fact be a double star system, according to recent research by a team of astronomers using NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft.

NASA RELEASE: 98-1 - January 7, 1998
Dr. Michael Corcoran, Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, MD, Kris Davidson and Kazunori Ishibashi of the (University of Minnesota), and NASA

Related HST Observations

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ARVAL's Note:

With a small telescope you can observe the Keyhole Nebula in Carina,
containing Eta Carinae.

Situated some 13° West of the Southern Cross (Crux),
in-between it and the "False Southern Cross" in Carina,
it culminates at midnight on March 10.

Keyhole Nebula:
Size: 120'
Magnitude: 6.2
NGC 3372
Nebula bright with dust, plus open cluster.
R.A.: 10h 44m, Dec.: 59° 52' S (Epoch 2000)

Data from the ARVAL Catalog of Bright Nebulas.

Updated: January 9 '98

Best seen with MS Internet Explorer.

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