APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

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APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby APOD Robot » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:04 am

Image The Great Carina Nebula

Explanation: A jewel of the southern sky, the Great Carina Nebula, also known as NGC 3372, spans over 300 light-years, one of our galaxy's largest star forming regions. Like the smaller, more northerly Great Orion Nebula, the Carina Nebula is easily visible to the unaided eye, though at a distance of 7,500 light-years it is some 5 times farther away. This gorgeous telescopic portrait reveals remarkable details of the region's glowing filaments of interstellar gas and obscuring cosmic dust clouds. Wider than the Full Moon in angular size, the field of view stretches over 300 light-years across the nebula. The Carina Nebula is home to young, extremely massive stars, including the still enigmatic variable Eta Carinae, a star with well over 100 times the mass of the Sun. Eta Carinae is the brightest star near the image center, just left of the dusty Keyhole Nebula (NGC 3324). While Eta Carinae itself maybe on the verge of a supernova explosion, X-ray images indicate that the Great Carina Nebula has been a veritable supernova factory.

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby BDanielMayfield » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:06 am

RED! Yes, my favorite color. Sorry Ann.
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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby saturno2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:36 pm

Eta Carinae is a star of 100 times the mass of our Sun.
It is a star very big, a super star!

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby saturno2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:44 pm

This image is interesting

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby curious regular » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:00 pm

I'm, curious where this was taken. The photographer is based is Hungary. Eta Carina is never visible that far north, is it?

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby Boomer12k » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:09 pm

What a wondrous complex of many things....go watch some videos that zoom in on the area....just Inspiring.

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby neufer » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:29 pm

curious regular wrote:
I'm, curious where this was taken. The photographer is based is Hungary.
Eta Carina is never visible that far north, is it?

The photographer recently visited Namibia.
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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby saturno2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Off topic.- The post counter seems faulty
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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby bystander » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:17 pm

saturno2 wrote:Off topic.- The post counter is faulty
Two previous posts 381 - 381

And now they are all at 382 (it's cumulative).
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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby saturno2 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:26 pm

Thanks bystander

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Re: APOD: The Great Carina Nebula (2013 Oct 15)

Postby BDanielMayfield » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:35 pm

I noticed some faint, wavelike structure to the lower right of bright Eta Carinae. Has this been explained?
Sorry for not including a cropped close up.
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