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  NGC 3372, the Eta Carinae Nebula.  

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Uploaded: 09/02/07 4:51 PM GMT
NGC 3372, the Eta Carinae Nebula.
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This spectacular Robert Gendler shot captures one of the Milky Way’s most enigmatic and exotic stars, Eta Carinae. It is the centrepiece and ionizing star of the Eta Carinae Nebula. Massive is an understatement as the great star weighs in at some 100 to 150 solar masses and shines with the light output of 5 million suns. Eta Carinae pushes the theoretical limits on energy output of stars and pumps out as much energy in 6 seconds as our sun does in an entire year. Because of its extraordinary mass the star is certainly expected to end as a great supernova in the near future. An energy outburst of this order could devastate star fields and planets within several thousand light years radius.

Credit: Robert Gendler.

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::ianmacappin
09/02/07 8:07 PM GMT
Great post Phil and good info as well.

Ian :)
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+ppigeon
09/02/07 8:27 PM GMT
One of the most spectacular capture. Thanks Phil. Probably my next desktop :-)
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-Pierre-
::jswgpb
09/02/07 10:52 PM GMT
One of my favs Phil, good post buddy.
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.Tomeast
09/02/07 11:57 PM GMT
Incredible as usual.I use these on my desktop all the time now.The editing that you do is Perfection.
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::mimi
09/03/07 6:47 AM GMT
I am behind on my space lessons Phil :) The colors here are breathtakingly beautiful. The more I look at your nebula images, the more I see the beauty in space and the colors that nature has to offer us. Wow!!!
This beauty is my desktop on my laptop. I am currently using
"Monocerotis" on my desktop PC. Your clean-up work is, as always, stunning. Many thanks and I tip my hat to you *tips hat* ;=)
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::assfarst
07/21/09 8:05 AM GMT
Spectacular in its beauty. It's most likely a neutron star by now. You've done wonders with this.
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.icedancer
09/17/09 9:54 PM GMT
WOW, this is a keeper for me, it's absolutely GORGEOUS
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.Lightpainter
12/04/15 3:23 PM GMT
Beautiful. But I hope we are not within that "several thousand light year radius?"
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