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NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The Carina Nebula contains several stars that are among the hottest and most massive known. Each star is about 10 times as hot and 100 times as massive as our Sun. The energy produced by these stars is sculpting the nearby gas and setting off the formation of a new generation of stars. Go to the zoomable Carina image to see Carina's features up close.