The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme
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Product ID  :  005-SPD-HUBBLE-STScI-200 7-16f

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These great clouds of cold hydrogen resemble summer afternoon thunderheads. They tower above the surface of a molecular cloud on the edge of the nebula. So-called "elephant trunk" pillars resist being heated and eaten away by blistering ultraviolet radiation from the nebula's brightest stars.

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