Hubble’s Inside The Image: Eta Carinae

  • Released Saturday, June 10th, 2023

The Hubble Space Telescope has taken over 1.5 million observations over the years. One of them is the breathtaking image of Eta Carinae.

Eta Carinae was the site of a giant outburst about 150 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. Somehow, the explosion produced two polar lobes and a large thin equatorial disk, all moving outward at about 1.5 million miles per hour.

In this video, Dr. Keith Noll explains this breathtaking image and explains how important Hubble is to exploring the mysteries of the universe.


For more information, visit https://nasa.gov/hubble.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Producer & Director: James Leigh

Editor: Lucy Lund

Director of Photography: James Ball

Additional Editing & Photography: Matthew Duncan

Executive Producers: James Leigh & Matthew Duncan

Production & Post: Origin Films

Music Credit:
"Transcode" by Lee Groves [PRS], and Peter George Marett [PRS] via Universal Production Music

“Night Call” by Timothy Paul Handels [SABAM] via Pedigree Cuts [PRS] and Universal Production Music

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