Is Eta Carinae Heading Toward Another Eruption?
Eta Carinae as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: ESA / NASA Massive stars can devastate their surroundings, unleashing hot winds and blasting radiation. With a mass over 100 times heavier than the Sun and a luminosity a million times brighter than the Sun, Eta Carinae clocks in as one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy. The enigmatic object walks a thin line between stellar stability and tumultuous explosions. But now a team of international astronomers is growing concerned that it’s leaning toward instability and eruption. (...)Read the rest of Is Eta Carinae Heading Toward Another Eruption? (585 words) © Shannon Hall for Universe Today, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Post tags: eta Carinae, Hubble Space Telescope, stellar evolution, Supernovae Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh