Spectra Creates Doubt on Cause of Eta Carinae Stellar Explosion

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One hundred and seventy years ago, astronomers thought that a series of explosions on the surface of η Carinae were the beginning of a supernova, which would have marked the star’s death, however η Carinae still survived. η Carinae  is located in the constellation Carina, about 7,500 to 8,000 light-years from Earth.

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