Eta Carinae Explodes in a Vibrant Fireworks Show in New Hubble Image

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(Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of Arizona) and J. Morse (BoldlyGo Institute))

As though in preparation for summer festivities, the Hubble Space Telescope captured this cosmic fireworks show from Eta Carinae. The double star system, glowing in red, white, and blue, has exploded several times. The most recent explosion was nearly 200 years ago, in 1838, when an event called the Great Eruption set this fireworks show off.

Hubble has been photographing Eta Carinae for 25 years,

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