Above and Beyond: Mystic Mountain—Pillars and Jets in the Carina Nebula

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This video shows the Carina Nebula in both visible light and infrared light.

Star and Planet Formation
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Andromeda Galaxy visible-light image courtesy of NOAO/AURA/NSF
·       Rocket launch image ©2008 ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Photo by Optique Video CSG 
·       Sunrise image copyright Jamie Lee – Fotolia.com
·       Barnard 68 images courtesy of ESO
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier 
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music


A large reddish orange nebula with wisps of purple and blue gas. A visible light indicator.

Text, Hubble image of pillars and jets in the Carina Nebula. Stars are forming within this pillar of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula.

An infrared light indicator. The nebula in infrared is mostly shades of gray. Many red and orange stars are now visible.

Text, Infrared light, which the Webb Telescope is designed to detect, penetrates that dust, allowing us to see through some of the cloud to the stars within.