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Eta Carinae

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Eta Carinae is one of the most massive binary star systems known, lying at a distance of about 7,500 light years from Earth.

Eta Carinae is located in the direction of Carina constellation. The primary component in the system has about 90 times the mass of the Sun and is 5 million times more luminous.

The smaller star has about 30 solar masses and may be up to a million times more luminous than the Sun. Both stars will reach the end of their life cycle in supernova or hypernova explosions in the relatively near future.
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Carina Nebula

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The Carina Nebula is a bright, large emission nebula surrounding the star Eta Carinae, located in the southern constellation Carina.

It is also sometimes called the Eta Carinae Nebula, the Grand Nebula, or the Great Nebula in Carina. The nebula’s designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 3372. It is one of the largest diffuse nebulae known, one that contains several open star clusters.
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