Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eta Carinae

When super massive star Eta Carinae exploded about 150 years ago, it became the brightest object in the sky. Eta Carinae released as much light as a supernova, but it managed to survive as a star. Today the debris stretches over a distance equivalent to the diameter of our solar system. Its outer edges are moving away from the center at about 1.5 million miles per hour.

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