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The Expansion of Eta Carinae Debris

The Expansion of Eta Carinae Debris

Depicts: Eta Carinae, IRAS 10431-5925
Copyright: Jon Morse (University of Colorado), Kris Davidson (University of Minnesota),and NASA

The furious expansion of a huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this Hubble Space Telescope comparison image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae.

To create the picture, astronomers aligned and subtracted two images of Eta Carinae taken 17 months apart (April 1994, September 1995). Black represents where the material was located in the older image, and white represents the more recent location.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Feb-2024 07:37 UT

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