Chaos and Striking Beauty

A strikingly beautiful image of chaos and
the birth of new stars has been captured by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in
the Eta Carina nebula.


A striking false color image was released by NASA yesterday that is too beautiful for an amateur astronomer to ignore. It’s an infrared view taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope of the Eta Carina Nebula where hundreds of thousands of stars are being born.

The nebula has not been seen in this way before. It’s enshrouded in dust that prevents direct viewing at the depth revealed in the infrared range. What a view!

Additional Spitzer images are here.


It’s reminiscent of a Hubble photo of a star birthing field in M16.
A short article covering the release of the photo and some analysis of the nebula appears here. A different take on it appears here.

Scientists say some of the stars will burn brightly and burn themselves out in a few thousand years. Others will have a longer life.

Beauty. Mystery. Discovery. The chaos of creation.

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