Detailed look on Eta Carinae

This mosaic shows the Carina Nebula (left part of the image), home of the Eta Carinae star system. This part was observed with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. The middle part shows the direct surrounding of the star system: the Homunculus Nebula, created by the ejected material from the Eta Carinae system. This image was taken with the NACO near-infrared adaptive optics instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope. The right image shows the innermost part of the system as seen with the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). It is the highest resolution image of Eta Carinae ever.


ESO/G. Weigelt

About the Image

Release date:19 October 2016, 14:00
Related releases:eso1637
Size:6570 x 3200 px

About the Object

Name:Eta Carinae
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary

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