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Cosmic Ice Sculptures: Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula

Published by Matt on Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:23 am via: Hubblesite
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Enjoying a frozen treat on a hot summer day can leave a sticky mess as it melts in the Sun and deforms. In the cold vacuum of space, there is no edible ice cream, but there is radiation from massive stars that is carving away at cold molecular clouds, creating bizarre, fantasy-like structures. These one-light-year-tall pillars of cold hydrogen and dust, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, are located in the Carina Nebula.

Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Project (STScI/AURA)

Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Project (STScI/AURA)

This image is a composite of Hubble observations taken of the Carina Nebula region in 2005 in hydrogen light (light emitted by hydrogen atoms) along with observations taken in oxygen light (light emitted by oxygen atoms) in 2010, both times with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. The immense Carina Nebula is an estimated 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina.

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