Latest Carina Nebula Stories

2011-04-13 08:25:00

This image of the nebula NGC 3582 shows giant loops of gas bearing a striking resemblance to solar prominences.

2011-03-16 09:40:00

A new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope gives a close-up view of the dramatic effects new-born stars have on the gas and dust from which they formed.

2011-01-19 10:04:20

The Orion Nebula is much more than just a pretty face, offering astronomers a close-up view of a massive star-forming region to help advance our understanding of stellar birth and evolution.

2011-01-05 08:10:00

This new infrared image of the Lagoon Nebula was captured as part of a five-year study of the Milky Way using ESO’s VISTA telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

2010-09-16 09:45:00

Enjoying a frozen treat on a hot summer day can leave a sticky mess as it melts in the Sun and deforms.

2010-08-30 06:50:00

A billowing cloud of hydrogen in the Triangulum galaxy (Messier 33) glows with the energy released by hundreds of young, bright stars.

2010-07-28 08:40:00

A spectacular new image from ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the brilliant and unusual star WR 22 and its colorful surroundings.

2010-04-23 06:00:00

NASA's best-recognized, longest-lived, and most prolific space observatory zooms past a threshold of 20 years of operation this month.

2010-04-21 07:10:00

The Cat’s Paw Nebula is a huge stellar nursery, the birthplace of hundreds of massive stars.

2010-03-30 09:20:00

Max Mutchler and Noreen Grice have created a touchable image of the Carina Nebula that is engaging for everyone, regardless of their visual ability.

Latest Carina Nebula Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Rosette Nebula -- Discovered by John Flamsteed about 1690. The Rosetta Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas, extending over an area of more than 1 degree across, or about 5 times the area covered by the full moon. Its parts have been assigned different NGC numbers: 2237, 2238, 2239, and 2246. Within the nebula, open star cluster NGC 2244 is situated, consisted of the young stars which recently formed from the nebula's material, and the brightest of which make the nebula shine by...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Lagoon Nebula -- The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Le Gentil in 1747. As often for diffuse nebulae, the cluster of young stars which has formed from the nebula's material was discovered first. In this case the young open cluster NGC 6530 in the Eastern half of M8 was discovered by Flamsteed about 1680, and again seen by De Ch'seaux in 1746, before Le Gentil found the nebula in 1747. Abbe Nicholas Louis de la Caille has cataloged it in his 1751-52 compilation as Lacaille III.14....

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Eta Carinae -- Eta Carinae is a very large (100-150 times as much mass as the Sun) and bright (about 4 million times as bright) star, in the constellation Carina (right ascension 10 h 45.1 m, declination -5941m). The star is surrounded by a large, bright nebula, known as the Eta Carinae Nebula, the Keyhole Nebula, or NGC3372 One remarkable aspect of Eta Carinae is its changing brightness. When it was first catalogued in 1677 by Edmond Halley, it was of the 4th magnitude, but later it...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

Dumbbell Nebula -- Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764. The Dumbbell Nebula M27 was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. On July 12, 1764, Charles Messier discovered this new and fascinating class of objects, and describes this one as an oval nebula without stars. We happen to see this one approximately from its equatorial plane (approx. left-to-right in our image); from near one pole, it would probably have the shape of a ring, and perhaps look like we view the Ring...

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