Sunday, July 17, 2022

Comparing the Webb Space Telescope & Hubble: The Carina Nebula | NASA

Comparing the Webb Space Telescope & Hubble: The Carina Nebula | NASA

James Webb Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope

Note: These images were taken 14 years apart.

This Hubble image shows the edge of the giant gaseous cavity within the star-forming region called NGC 3324. The glowing nebula has been carved out by intense ultraviolet radiation and stellar winds from several hot, young stars. A cluster of extremely massive stars, located well outside this image in the center of the nebula, is responsible for the ionization of the nebula and excavation of the cavity.

The image also reveals dramatic dark towers of cool gas and dust that rise above the glowing wall of gas. The dense gas at the top resists the blistering ultraviolet radiation from the central stars, and creates a tower that points in the direction of the energy flow. The high-energy radiation blazing out from the hot, young stars in NGC 3324 is sculpting the wall of the nebula by slowly eroding it away.

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, NGC 3324 is at the northwest corner of the Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), home of the Keyhole Nebula and the active, outbursting star Eta Carinae. The entire Carina Nebula complex is located at a distance of roughly 7,200 light-years, and lies in the constellation Carina.

This image is a composite of data taken with two of Hubble's science instruments. Data taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) in 2006 isolated light emitted by hydrogen. More recent data, taken in 2008 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), isolated light emitted by sulfur and oxygen gas. To create a color composite, the data from the sulfur filter are represented by red, from the oxygen filter by blue, and from the hydrogen filter by green.

Webb Credits: NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI
Webb Release Date: July 12, 2022

Hubble Credits: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA);
Acknowledgment: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley)

Hubble Release Date: Oct. 2, 2008

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