The Volatility Of Eta Carinae

Published April 18, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017

ETA Carinae

Just a mere 7,500 light years away from the sun, the massive Eta Carinae stellar system has been known, like many highfalutin stars of the Hollywood ilk, for its spontaneous outbursts. These volatile moments, however, are not paparazzo-induced; while no one can say for certain why these occur, some speculate that the culprit is a mixture of radiation pressure and the system’s enormous luminosity.

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