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An Ill-Fated Powerhouse: Eta Carinae | Space Wallpaper

An Ill-Fated Powerhouse: Eta Carinae
This star, with a mass of 100 times that of Earth's Sun, could explode into a supernova. (Image credit: J. Morse (Arizona State U.), K. Davidson (U. Minnesota) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA)

Eta Carinae is one of the brightest stars in the southern sky. Records show that around 150 years ago the star underwent some event that gave it this name. Experts believe this star is a good candidate to turn into a full blown supernova. This image, captured in 1996, shed new light on the star and the nebula around it. [See more Hubble images.]

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