n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Eta Carinae continues brightening : news notes

Volume 69, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



At more than 100 solar masses and 4 million times the luminosity of our Sun, Eta Carinae is one of the most massive and luminous stars in our galaxy. It balances dangerously on the edge of stellar stability and its ultimate fate - complete self-destruction as a supernova. The continual brightening trend of the central star in the eta Carinae Nebula, regarded by some to be decades ahead of its expected schedule, has raised an alert among the professional community.

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