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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.

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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...

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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

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The Carina Nebula | also called the Carina Nebula, Eta Carinae Nebula or NGC 3372, it is a large emission nebula that surrounds several open star clusters. These stars are Eta Carinae and HD 93129A, two of the most massive and luminous stars in the Milky Way. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest in the sky.

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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

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Located 8,000 light-years from Earth, the Eta Carinae star system is captured in this stunning infrared image from NASA'S Spitzer Space Telescope.

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.

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Eta Carinae, formerly known as Eta Argus, is a stellar system containing at…