Images by Date
Images by Category
Solar System
White Dwarfs
Neutron Stars
Black Holes
Milky Way Galaxy
Normal Galaxies
Galaxy Clusters
Cosmology/Deep Field
Images by Interest
Space Scoop for Kids
Sky Map
Photo Blog
Top Rated Images
Image Handouts
Fits Files
Image Tutorials
Photo Album Tutorial
False Color
Cosmic Distance
Look-Back Time
Scale & Distance
Angular Measurement
Images & Processing
Image Use Policy
Web Shortcuts
Chandra Blog
RSS Feed
Email Newsletter
News & Noteworthy
Image Use Policy
Questions & Answers
Glossary of Terms
Download Guide
Get Adobe Reader
Eta Carinae Animations
Click for high-resolution animation
Images of Eta Carinae
Quicktime MPEG
The sequence begins with the Hubble's optical view of Eta Carinae, showing two lobes of gas and dust most likely ejected from the star in an eruption observed the 1840s. The view then changes to include Chandra's X-ray data in yellow. The X-ray emission shows where material previously ejected by Eta Carinae rams into nearby gas and dust, heating gas to temperatures in excess of a million degrees.
[Runtime: 0:06]
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/GSFC/M.Corcoran et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI)
Click for high-resolution animation
Animation of Massive Star Explosion
Quicktime MPEG
This artist's animation depicts what astronomers think happened to Eta Carinae in the recent past, plus what it may experience in the future. Like the recently discovered supernova SN2006gy, Eta Carinae may continue to shed some of its outer layers, and then undergo a large eruption prior to a violent collapse. The explosion then would plow into the cooler expelled gas, creating a brilliant light show.
[Runtime: 0:22]
(Credit: NASA/CXC/G.Bacon)

Return to Eta Carinae (20 Jun 07)