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The Carina Nebula
The Carina Nebula

The Carina Nebula is a 3-million-year-old cloud of gas that is a star-making factory, churning out tens of thousands of stars. The fairytale landscape includes several stars that are among the hottest and most massive known. Each star is about 10 times as hot and 100 times as massive as our Sun. The energy produced by these stars is sculpting the nearby gas and setting off the formation of a new generation of stars.

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Credit for Hubble Image: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Credit for CTIO Image: N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley) and NOAO/AURA/NSF