NASA Study Reveals New Secrets Of Eta Carinae, The Most Luminous Stellar System

January 8, 2015 12:36 PM

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NASA Study Reveals New Secrets Of Eta Carinae, The Most Luminous Stellar System

A long-term study, led by astronomers at NASA, has provided what scientists have called “the most comprehensive picture” of Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system, which lies within 10,000 light-years of Earth. First catalogued in 1677, Eta Carinae stellar system is expected to explode as a supernova in future because of its mass and age.

According to NASA, astronomers have used ground-based telescopes and other equipment to take an "unprecedented" look into Eta Carinae. The new findings, based on images from the Hubble space telescope, show decade-old shells of ionized gas emitting from the superstar at million miles an hour. In add...

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