PIA20294: WFPC2 Image of the Variable Star Eta Carinae
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: WFPC2
Product Size: 738 x 726 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Space Telescope Science Institute
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Astronomers cannot yet explain what caused the titanic eruption of star Eta Carinae in the 1840s. The discovery of likely Eta Carinae "twins" in other galaxies will help scientists better understand this brief phase in the life of a massive star.

The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore conducts Hubble science operations. STScI is operated for NASA by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., in Washington.

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Image Credit:
NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Image Addition Date:
2016-01-06