4 Cool Facts About the Carina Nebula

4 Cool Facts About the Carina Nebula

4 Cool Facts About the Carina Nebula

Our universe is a fascinating place, with every other mystery unfolding before our eyes, there are many more to come.

The Carina Nebula is one of the many fascinating and astounding discoveries of nature; it is a star-forming region in the Sagittarian wing of the Milky Way. It is approximately 7,500 light years from Earth.

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has so far discovered nearly 14,000 stars in the region of Carina Nebula. There are a lot of facts associated with Carina Nebula, let’s take a look at a few of my favorite ones.

So let’s check out these 4 Cool Facts About the Carina Nebula and see what all the fuss is about!

Facts About the Carina Nebula # 4: Supernova Explosion

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has found evidence of self-destruction of stars on massive level in the star forming region. The stars have undergone self-destruction by the process of supernova explosion.

There is ample evidence to prove the fact that the supernova explosion is catching up speed and more should be expected in the “near future”, in astronomical terms, that is.

Facts About the Carina Nebula # 3: Location and Map

The Carina Nebula is known to be the 34th largest constellation in the sky. It occupies an area of 494 square degrees. Which is MASSIVE!! Lying in the second quadrant of the southern hemisphere (SQ2) it can be viewed at the altitude ranges of +20° and -90°.

Centaurus, Chamaeleon, Musca, Pictor, Puppis, Vela, and Volans are some of its neighboring constellations. It does not contain any messier object as of now, but could in future updates. It is from the Heavenly Waters family of constellations.


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Facts About the Carina Nebula #2: Stars in Carina Nebula

Canopus, known as the Alpha Carina, is the second brightest star in the sky. This star cannot be seen from the far-northern latitudes. This star is considered brightest for the reason that it is 13,600 times brighter than the Sun.

Eta Carina is another star which is further made of other two stars. The combined effect of the luminosity and brightness is four million times more than that of the sun.

Miaplacidus is 29th brightest star in the sky at the moment that belongs to the constellation of Carina Nebula, as well.

Avior is the 84th brightest star and among the most prominent ones from the family of Nebula and can be seen with the naked eye.

Aspidiske is the 68th brightest star. Along with all this there are several other famous and double stars which belong to the family of Carina Nebula.

Facts About the Carina Nebula #1: Wishing Well Cluster

An open cluster called the Wishing Well Cluster or NGC 3525 cluster, which is 1,321 light years from Earth. This cluster is made up of 150 stars and it a beautiful sight to observe.

It is called the Wishing Well cluster for a reason, seems like you can probably guess. When observed through a telescope, the stars in the cluster appear as if there are tiny twinkling coins in the bottom of a wishing well. The Hubble space telescope was the one to discover this cluster for the first time in May of 1990.

Many others clusters and gorgeous astronomical objects are present in the Carina Nebula. Many of these have not been clearly identified and many others are yet to find their way into our vision.

Our universe is full of surprises and mysteries yet to be unleashed upon the human race, it is only a matter of time.

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  1. Alain Depose

    Fabuleux, à voir et à revoir

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