Picture of the month: Carina Nebula

18 July 2012 Marc Türler This stunning image by ESA’s Herschel observatory offers an unprecedented view of the Carina Nebula. With a mirror of 3.5 m, Herschel is the largest space telescope and provides impressive images and results from the far-infrared…

18 July 2012

Marc Türler

This stunning image by ESA’s Herschel observatory offers an unprecedented view of the Carina Nebula. With a mirror of 3.5 m, Herschel is the largest space telescope and provides impressive images and results from the far-infrared sky . The Carina Nebula is a very active star-forming nursery some 7500 light-years away.The colour coding of this infrared image is such that warmer gas and dust is shown in blue and cooler structures in red. Dust pillars point towards the central blue area from where they are eroded by powerful stellar winds and intense radiation produced by giant stars, most notably Eta Carinae .