hubble’s panorama of the carina nebula, some 7500 light years away from earth, and about fifty light years in length here. stars old and new illuminate clouds of cosmic dust and gas, like the clumping hydrogen from which they were born.
the top star seen at the bisection of the first two panels, part of the eta carinae binary star system (most stars are in binary systems), is estimated to be more than a hundred times the mass of the sun - large enough to go supernoava in about a million years.
it also produces four million times as much light as the sun, and was once the second brightest star in the night sky. but surrounding dust and gas has dimmed our view of the star, though it’s still visible in the night sky to all but those in the most light polluted cities.
he fifth panel shows ‘the mystic mountain,’ where nascent stars in the cloud are spewing hot ionized gas and dust at 850,000 miles an hour . eventually, the ultraviolet radiation from these stars will blow away the dust, leaving visible the stars, like the cluster seen at the top of the panel, which were formed only half a million years ago.
It’s actually amazing to see all of my nebulae photos together like this. Each and every one took hours and hours of work both inside and outside, in every season.
I am finally updating my image gallery page of my website to include ALL of my photos, not just a tiny sampling. Each one will link to it’s own page with details of how I captured each object including equipment used, and processing techniques.