Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula
In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun’s mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations to create the first high-resolution 3-D model of the expanding cloud produced by this outburst.
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Author/Origin: Steffen, Teodoro, Madura, et al. MNRAS 2014 Relevant Mission: Nebula Date Added to NASA Website: July 24, 2014