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English: A huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this stunning NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae was observed by Hubble in September 1995 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). Images taken through red and near-ultraviolet filters were subsequently combined to produce the color image shown. A sequence of eight exposures was necessary to cover the object's huge dynamic range: the outer ejecta blobs are 100,000 times fainter than the brilliant central star. Eta Carinae suffered a giant outburst about 160 years ago, when it became one of the brightest stars in the southern sky. Though the star released as much visible light as a supernova explosion, it survived the outburst. The explosion produced two lobes and a large, thin equatorial disk, all moving outward at about 1 million kilometers per hour.
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Source File:Eta Carinae.jpg and File:Etacarinae-001.jpg
Author Nathan Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and NASA
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Public domain This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA and ESA. NASA Hubble material (and ESA Hubble material prior to 2009) is copyright-free and may be freely used as in the public domain without fee, on the condition that only NASA, STScI, and/or ESA is credited as the source of the material. This license does not apply if ESA material created after 2008 or source material from other organizations is in use.
The material was created for NASA by Space Telescope Science Institute under Contract NAS5-26555, or for ESA by the Hubble European Space Agency Information Centre. Copyright statement at hubblesite.org or 2008 copyright statement at spacetelescope.org.
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current09:41, 18 December 2017Thumbnail for version as of 09:41, 18 December 20172,000 × 2,000 (1 MB)The NMI UserReverted to version as of 22:36, 24 April 2008 (UTC)
14:45, 13 March 2017Thumbnail for version as of 14:45, 13 March 20173,000 × 3,000 (4.7 MB)Leogorgonlarger file size
15:39, 26 June 2009Thumbnail for version as of 15:39, 26 June 20092,000 × 2,000 (1 MB)HenrykusReverted to version as of 22:36, 24 April 2008; there is a better version of the image originally taken by Hubble only for "scientific use", http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eta_Carinae.jpg
09:59, 20 June 2009Thumbnail for version as of 09:59, 20 June 2009900 × 900 (43 KB)TryphonReverted to version as of 21:18, 7 June 2007: the other image is an "artistic" edit (combination of two images); the real image from Hubble is more suitable for scientific use.
22:36, 24 April 2008Thumbnail for version as of 22:36, 24 April 20082,000 × 2,000 (1 MB)Sumanch==Summary== {{Information |Description = {{en|A huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this stunning NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae. Eta Carinae was observed by Hubble in September 1995 with the
21:18, 7 June 2007Thumbnail for version as of 21:18, 7 June 2007900 × 900 (43 KB)Tim StarlingReverted to earlier revision
23:32, 12 May 2007No thumbnail (114 KB)Hairy Dudebigger version from enwiki
19:22, 21 November 2006Thumbnail for version as of 19:22, 21 November 2006900 × 900 (43 KB)YannBetter quality of the same image.
22:42, 22 January 2005Thumbnail for version as of 22:42, 22 January 2005322 × 291 (15 KB)RobbotThis image was copied from wikipedia:en. The original description was: A huge, billowing pair of gas and dust clouds are captured in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the supermassive star Eta Carinae. Credit: Jon Morse (University of Colorado)

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