Return to Heritage Home Page Current Image Gallery Archive Information Center Hubble Art Search
Return to Heritage Home Page Current Release Home Page Caption Fast Facts Biographies Supplemental Material Original Images
About this Object

Description:

Carina Nebula Star-Forming Pillars

Position (J2000):

R.A. 10h 44m
Dec. -59° 35'

Constellation:

Carina

Distance:

7,500 light-years (2,300 parsecs)

Dimensions:

This image is 5 arcminutes (11.4 light-years or 3.5 parsec) wide.

About the Data

Data Description:

This image was created from HST data from proposals 12050: M. Livio, K. Noll, M. Mutchler, Z. Levay, L. Frattare, W. Januszewski, C. Christian, and T. Borders (Hubble 20th Anniversary Team, STScI); and 10241: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), J. Bally (University of Colorado, Boulder), N. Walborn (STScI), and J. Morse (NASA/GSFC).

Instruments:

ACS/WFC

Filters:

F502N ([O III]) and F658N (H-alpha+[N II])

Exposure Dates:

July 17, 2005 and February 1-2, 2010

About this Image

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Acknowledgment:

M. Livio (STScI) and N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley)

Release Date:

September 16, 2010

Color:

These images are composites of separate exposures made by the ACS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Each filter was used to sample a narrow wavelength range. The composite colors result from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors are:

F658N (H-alpha+[N II])

yellow/gold

F502N ([O III])

cyan

Orientation/Scale: