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Carina Nebula: Amazing Photos of a Colorful Cosmic Cloud

Carina Nebula Infrared Image Cutouts

ESO/T. Preibisch

These highlights are part of the broad panorama of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, which was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. It was released Feb. 8, 2012.

Carina Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light

ESO/T. Preibisch

This picture of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, compares the view in visible light with a new picture taken in infrared light. It was released Feb. 8, 2012.

Carina Nebula's Cold Dusty Clouds

ESO/APEX/T. Preibisch et al. (Submillimetre); N. Smith, University of Minnesota/NOAO/AURA/NSF (Optical)

This image of the Carina nebula reveals the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the bustling stellar nursery.

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