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Eta Carinae, a binary star system 7,500 to 8,000 light years from the Earth, is responsible for the Homunculus Nebula.  Buried within the larger Carina Nebula, this complex system (containing several open clusters of stars and the Keyhole Nebula) lies in the constellation of Carina, far in the Southern Hemisphere.  Eta Carinae is believed to have formed the Homunculus Nebula in an 1841 outburst.

Massive Star Factory in the Sky Looms Over Southern Observatory

Eta Carinae, a binary star system 7,500 to 8,000 light years from the Earth, is responsible for the Homunculus Nebula. Buried within the larger Carina Nebula, this complex system (containing several open clusters of stars and the Keyhole Nebula) lies in the constellation of Carina, far in the Southern Hemisphere. Eta Carinae is believed to have formed the Homunculus Nebula in an 1841 outburst.

Death Star: Eta Carinae, one of the closest stars to Earth is huge and unstable and will likely explode in a supernova in the relatively 'near future' (On an astronomical timeline this could be a million years from now). via NASA  #Eta_Carinae #Supernova #NASA

Death Star: Eta Carinae, one of the closest stars to Earth is huge and unstable and will likely explode in a supernova in the relatively 'near future' (On an astronomical timeline this could be a million years from now). via NASA #Eta_Carinae #Supernova #NASA

The Carina NebulaThe Carina Nebula is a large bright nebula that surrounds several clusters of stars. It contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, Eta Carinae and HD 93129A. Located 7500 light years away, the nebula itself spans some 260 light years across, about 7 times the size of the Orion Nebula, and is shown in all its glory in this mosaic. It is based on images collected with the 1.5-m Danish telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory.Credit: ESO...

The Carina NebulaThe Carina Nebula is a large bright nebula that surrounds several clusters of stars. It contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, Eta Carinae and HD 93129A. Located 7500 light years away, the nebula itself spans some 260 light years across, about 7 times the size of the Orion Nebula, and is shown in all its glory in this mosaic. It is based on images collected with the 1.5-m Danish telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory.Credit: ESO...

The Carina Nebula (catalogued as NGC 3372; also known as the Grand Nebula, Great Nebula in Carina, or Eta Carinae Nebula) is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years (2,000 and 3,100 pc) from Earth

The Carina Nebula (catalogued as NGC 3372; also known as the Grand Nebula, Great Nebula in Carina, or Eta Carinae Nebula) is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years (2,000 and 3,100 pc) from Earth

The Carina Nebula (catalogued as NGC 3372; also known as the Grand Nebula, Great Nebula in Carina, or Eta Carinae Nebula) is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years (2,000 and 3,100 pc) from Earth

The Carina Nebula (catalogued as NGC 3372; also known as the Grand Nebula, Great Nebula in Carina, or Eta Carinae Nebula) is a large, complex area of bright and dark nebulosity in the constellation Carina, and is located in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm. The nebula lies at an estimated distance between 6,500 and 10,000 light-years (2,000 and 3,100 pc) from Earth

Eta Carinae may be about to explode. But no one knows when - it may be next year, it may be one million years from now. Eta Carinae's mass - about 100 times greater than our Sun - makes it an excellent candidate for a full blown supernova. Historical records do show that about 150 years ago Eta Carinae underwent an unusual outburst that made it one of the brightest stars in the southern sky.

Eta Carinae may be about to explode. But no one knows when - it may be next year, it may be one million years from now. Eta Carinae's mass - about 100 times greater than our Sun - makes it an excellent candidate for a full blown supernova. Historical records do show that about 150 years ago Eta Carinae underwent an unusual outburst that made it one of the brightest stars in the southern sky.

Homunculus Nebula: ESO The NACO near-infrared adaptive optics instrument on ESO's VLT produced an unbelievable amount of detail in this new image of Eta Carinae and the lobes of material around it called the Homunculus Nebula

Homunculus Nebula: ESO The NACO near-infrared adaptive optics instrument on ESO's VLT produced an unbelievable amount of detail in this new image of Eta Carinae and the lobes of material around it called the Homunculus Nebula

Eta Carina nebula NGC3372 in colour maped Narrowband Credit: Fred Vanderhaven Astrophotography

Eta Carina nebula NGC3372 in colour maped Narrowband Credit: Fred Vanderhaven Astrophotography

Eta Carinae's great eruption in the 1840s created the billowing Homunculus Nebula, imaged here by Hubble. Now about a light-year long, the expanding cloud contains enough material to make at least 10 copies of our sun. Astronomers cannot yet explain what caused this eruption.

Unprecedented Look into Superstar Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae's great eruption in the 1840s created the billowing Homunculus Nebula, imaged here by Hubble. Now about a light-year long, the expanding cloud contains enough material to make at least 10 copies of our sun. Astronomers cannot yet explain what caused this eruption.

The Homunculus Nebula is an emission nebula surrounding the massive star system Eta Carinae. It is some 7,500 light-years away, and appears in the Eta Carina Nebula in the constellation Carina

The Homunculus Nebula is an emission nebula surrounding the massive star system Eta Carinae. It is some 7,500 light-years away, and appears in the Eta Carina Nebula in the constellation Carina

Celestial Emissions - Eta Carina Nebula by strongmanmike2002. Glowing regions of gas in our galaxy are known as emission nebulae. Imaging these nebulae through filters that only allow the passage of very specific wavelengths of light produces this type of image.

Celestial Emissions - Eta Carina Nebula by strongmanmike2002. Glowing regions of gas in our galaxy are known as emission nebulae. Imaging these nebulae through filters that only allow the passage of very specific wavelengths of light produces this type of image.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Eta Carinae And The Expanding Homunculus Nebula

NASA’s Astronomy Picture Of The Day: Eta Carinae And The Expanding Homunculus Nebula

Eta Carinae Nebula, about 7,500 light years from Earth. A hypernova waiting to happen.

Eta Carinae Nebula, about 7,500 light years from Earth. A hypernova waiting to happen.

The Eta Carinae Supernova - El poder más devastador en el Universo, es también elemento fundamental para la vida.

The Eta Carinae Supernova - El poder más devastador en el Universo, es también elemento fundamental para la vida.

The #CarinaNebula - The hypergiant star Eta Carinae glows against the background of swirling clouds of dust and gases that form the Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae—meaning that it has no well-defined boundaries—in our skies and is about four times as large as the famed Orion Nebula. Credit: Terry Robison Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 shortlist

The #CarinaNebula - The hypergiant star Eta Carinae glows against the background of swirling clouds of dust and gases that form the Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest diffuse nebulae—meaning that it has no well-defined boundaries—in our skies and is about four times as large as the famed Orion Nebula. Credit: Terry Robison Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015 shortlist