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Outburst From Second Brightest Star Modeled In Three Dimensions
2014-07-08 14:25:58

[ Watch the Video: Creating The First 3d Model Of Eta Carinae Nebula ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the mid-1800s a massive eruption occurred in the binary Eta Carinae, emitting 10 times the sun’s mass and becoming the second brightest star in the sky. Astronomers have developed a high-resolution 3D model of the expanding cloud produced by the outburst, according to NASA. The study team consisted of Thomas Madura from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight...

Blowing Bubbles In The Carina Nebula
2012-06-05 03:24:36

Giant bubbles, towering pillars and cascading clouds of dust and gas fill the star-forming nursery of the Carina Nebula seen here in a stunning new view from Herschel. The Carina Nebula is some 7500 lightyears from Earth and hosts some of the most massive and luminous stars in our Galaxy, including double-star system eta Carinae, which boasts over 100 times the mass of our Sun. The total amount of gas and dust traced by ESA´s Herschel space observatory in this image is equivalent...

Image 1 - Light Echoes Allow Astronomers To Watch 'Great Eruption' Replay
2012-02-15 14:52:36

Astronomers recently got a rare opportunity to view a cosmic event that took place from 1837 to 1858 known as the "Great Eruption." The outburst temporarily made Eta Carinae the second brightest star in the sky during that period. Today's astronomers are able to view the event because some of the light from the eruption took an indirect path to Earth and is just now arriving. The light was heading in a different direction, away from our planet, when it bounced off dust lingering far...

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2009-02-12 07:20:00

The latest ESO image reveals amazing detail in the intricate structures of one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), where strong winds and powerful radiation from an armada of massive stars are creating havoc in the large cloud of dust and gas from which the stars were born. The large and beautiful image displays the full variety of this impressive skyscape, spattered with clusters of young stars, large nebulae of dust and gas, dust pillars,...

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2008-09-11 08:50:00

Eta Carinae, the galaxy's biggest, brightest and perhaps most studied star after the sun, has been keeping a secret: Its giant outbursts appear to be driven by an entirely new type of stellar explosion that is fainter than a typical supernova and does not destroy the star. Reporting in the Sept. 11 issue of Nature, University of California, Berkeley, astronomer Nathan Smith proposes that Eta Carinae's historic 1843 outburst was, in fact, an explosion that produced a fast blast wave similar...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'