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Photographer:

Andres Chapman

Email:

andreschapman@yahoo.com.ar

Location of Photo:

Argentina

Date/Time of photo:

Feb.25.2009 2:10am

Equipment:

Refractor 100/600 Orion telescope.Eq3 mount dual axis.Canon 300d DSLR camera.25frames,20sec each at iso 800

Description:

Eta Carinae (η Carinae or η Car) is a hypergiant luminous blue variable star in the Carina constellation. Its luminosity is about four million times that of the Sun and, with an estimated mass of between 100 and 150 solar masses, it is one of the most massive stars yet discovered. Because of its mass and the stage of life, it is expected to explode in a supernova in the astronomically near future.

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