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May 17, 1991 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1991-10

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Resolves Eruption of a Massive Star

May 17, 1991: Observations of a massive, unstable star called Eta Carinae, made with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WF/PC) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope HST, reveal surprising and complex new structure in a dusty nebula surrounding the star. New details include a jet of material flowing away from the star and a regularly spaced set of wave-like features. The results are being reported on May 17, 1991 at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Writer's Workshop in Baltimore Md.

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Credit: NASA and ESA