Hubble Celebrates its 31st anniversary with a magnificent view of AG Carinae

In celebration of the 31st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers aimed the celebrated observatory at one of the brightest stars seen in our galaxy to capture its beauty.

The giant star featured in this latest Hubble Space Telescope anniversary image is waging a tug-of-war between gravity and radiation to avoid self-destruction. The star, called AG Carinae, is surrounded by an expanding shell of gas and dust. The nebula is about five light-years wide, which equals the distance from here to our nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and STScI

About the Image

Id:heic2105a
Type:Observation
Release date:23 April 2021, 15:00
Related releases:heic2105
Size:3687 x 2276 px

About the Object

Name:AG Carinae, V* AG Car
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Distance:15000 light years
Constellation:Carina
Category:Anniversary
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 56 11.56
Position (Dec):-60° 27' 12.83"
Field of view:2.44 x 1.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 49.9° left of vertical


Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
Strömgren y
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha + NII
657 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
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845 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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