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Hubble's wide view of 'Mystic Mountain' in the infrared

Hubble's wide view of 'Mystic Mountain' in the infrared

Date: 23 April 2010
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Detail of the Carina Nebula
Copyright: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared image of a pillar of gas and dust, three light-years tall, that is being eaten away by the brilliant light from nearby stars in the tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, located 7500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina. The image marks the 20th anniversary of Hubble's launch and deployment into an orbit around Earth.

The image reveals a myriad of stars behind the gaseous veil of the nebula's wall of hydrogen, laced with dust. The foreground pillar becomes semi-transparent because infrared light from background stars penetrates through much of the dust. A few stars inside the pillar also become visible. The false colours are assigned to three different infrared wavelength ranges.

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the pillar in February/March 2010.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
20-Jul-2024 03:40 UT

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