Monday, April 30, 2007
Carina Nebula Dust Pillar
Wow. You think those microscopic bugs who live in our eyelashes, and the dust mites who live in our carpet and move around like tiny elephants or bears eating skin flakes look menacing -- take a look at this super-sized dust giant in Carina Nebula! This dust-monster is really a dust pillar a light year long (one light year being 9,500,000,000,000 kilometers).
Inside this monster's head is a star bursting out a tornado of gas and dust. And look: it has little arms like T Rex, and is whirling its head in some cosmic tantrum, spewing light from its terrible nostrils!
Credit: NASA, ESA, N. Smith (U of California, Berkeley) et al, and The Hubble Telescope Team.