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PSPC: Eta Car

False Color Images of Eta Carina

PHOTO CREDIT: M. F. Corcoran, Universities Space Research Association.

A set of low resolution, false color X-ray images of Eta Carinae obtained by ROSAT. The top 2 images show the X-ray emission from million-degree gas which surrounds Eta Carinae in a large oval shell. The image on the left was obtained in June of 1992 and the image on the right in December 1992. The lower 2 images show X-rays from gas at temperatures about 10-100 times hotter than the gas in the shell. This hot source was relatively faint in June of 1992 but was considerably brighter in the December 1992 observation. This material was presented to the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on June 13, 1995.


Curator: Michael Arida (SP Sys); arida@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
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