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Cosmic fireworks Eta Carinae still exploding after nearly 200 years

Cosmic fireworks Eta Carinae still exploding after nearly 200 years

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If you were to have looked up at the sky 181 years ago you’d have noticed one seemingly new and incredibly bright star burning up the heavens during an event known as The Great Eruption of 1838. The Great Eruption occurred in the constellation Carina when Eta Carinae, a two-star system, formed a nebula so massive that, for a time, it was bright enough for Mariners to navigate by. Although the Great Eruption has long since faded from the view of the naked human eye, its tumultuous explosion is still going on and is quite visible to the Hubble telescope, which recently returned a stunning image of the moribund binary system.
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