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Eta Carinae: Our Neighboring Superstars (NASA, Chandra, 08/26/14) | by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
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Eta Carinae: Our Neighboring Superstars (NASA, Chandra, 08/26/14)

Editor's note: Happy Friday, Flickr friends! This image is related to this week's Chandra release for the Eta Carinae star system. Hope you enjoy!


Eta Carinae is one of the most luminous known star systems in our galaxy. It radiates energy at a rate that is 5 million times that of the Sun. Most of this energy is radiated at infrared wavelengths. It is shrouded in a rapidly expanding cloud of dust which absorbs radiation from the central star and re-radiates it in the infrared.


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Taken on August 25, 2014