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The Eta Carinae nebula NGC3372
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The Eta Carinae nebula, NGC3372

February 22, 2005
The Eta Carinae nebula, NGC3372

A raw image of Eta Carinae obtained with the Gemini South mid-infrared imager T-ReCS at a wavelength of 12.8 microns. The image was obtained with the Gemini secondary mirror chopping, but without the telescope nodding. The same image is displayed linearly on the left and on the right at two different stretches, and is clipped to eliminate structure below that shown in the source. The left-hand version emphasizes the bright inner structure, whereas the right-hand version shows the outer structure, nearly three orders of magnitude fainter than the core region.