Eta Carinae Nebula Region
Date Taken: 1/9/2014
Equipment: 20" PlaneWave Telescope with PLI 9000 camera in Australia;
Exposures: RGB-30 min bin 2 each, Lum-105 min bin 1.
Processing: MaximDL, Registar and Photoshop
Eta Carinae (the ball like structure in the middle right) is a stellar system in the constellation Carina, about 6,500 to 10,000 light-years from the Sun. The Eta Carinae system is enclosed in the Homunculus Nebula, in turn a part of the much larger Carina Nebula, and currently has a combined bolometric luminosity of over five million times the Sun's. It is not visible north of latitude 30°N and is circumpolar south of latitude 30°S. Because of its mass and the stage of its life, it is expected to explode as a supernova or hypernova in the astronomically near future