2014 July 17
to print with that new
3D printer, try out a copy of the Homunculus Nebula.
The dusty, bipolar cosmic cloud is around 1 light-year across
but is slightly
down for printing to
about 1/4 light-nanosecond or 80 millimetres.
The full scale Homunculus surrounds Eta Carinae,
massive stars in a binary system
embedded in the extensive
about 7,500 light-years distant.
Between 1838 and 1845, Eta Carinae
underwent the Great Eruption becoming
the second brightest star in planet Earth's night sky
and ejecting the Homunculus Nebula.
new 3D model of the still expanding Homunculus
was created by
the nebula with the European Southern Observatory's
Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
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