Mystic Mountain
The location of the feature can be seen in this wider view of the Carina Nebula

Mystic Mountain is a photograph and a term for a region in the Carina Nebula imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. The view was captured by the then-new Wide Field Camera 3, though the region was also viewed by the previous generation instrument. The new view celebrated the telescope's 20th anniversary of being in space in 2010.[1] Mystic Mountain contains multiple Herbig-Haro objects where nascent stars are firing off jets of gas which interact with surrounding clouds of gas and dust.[2][3]

This region is about 7,500 light-years (2,300 pc) away from Earth. The pillar measures around three light-years in height (190,000 astronomical units).[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Achenbach, Joel (16 April 2015). "Mystic Mountain: Is this the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest image?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Interactive: The Carina Nebula in all its Glory..." The Hubble Heritage Project. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Starry-Eyed Hubble Celebrates 20 Years of Awe and Discovery". 22 April 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2016.

External links

Media related to Mystic Mountain at Wikimedia Commons

  • "Starry-Eyed Hubble Celebrates 20 Years of Awe and Discovery" by (20th Anniversary collection)
  • "Star-forming regions in the Carina Nebula" by (17th Anniversary collection)