Universe  ID: 30940

Pillars in the Carina Nebula (HH901)

Herbig Haro 901 is an immense pillar of gas and dust inside the Carina Nebula, a huge star-forming region in our galaxy. The pillar is several light-years tall and contains a few massive young stars. They shoot out powerful jets that emerge from the cloud. In some cases, the jets create bow-shock patterns similar to the effects of a ship plowing through the ocean. In the visible-light (Hubble) view, very few stars can be seen because the gas and dust block starlight. But in the infrared (Hubble) view, stars become visible and numerous. The visible-light colors emerge from the glow of different gases: oxygen (blue), hydrogen/nitrogen (green), and sulfur (red). The Carina Nebula is approximately 7,500 light years from Earth.
 

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Greg Bacon (STScI): Visualizer
Leann Johnson (GST): Technical Support
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Keywords:
SVS >> Dust
SVS >> Galaxy
SVS >> Gas
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Infrared
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> Hubble Space Telescope
SVS >> Nebula
NASA Science >> Universe
SVS >> Carina Nebula