The Great Carina Nebula is easily seen with the naked eye, though it's 7,500 light-years away.

The Great Carina Nebula is easily seen with the naked eye, though it's 7,500 light-years away.

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The Wonders of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

The Wonders of the Carina Nebula, a region of massive star formation in the southern skies, was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

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This is the Carina Nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. It lies within our own Milky Way galaxy, about 6,500-10,000 light-years from Earth.

This is the Carina Nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. It lies within our own Milky Way galaxy, about 6,500-10,000 light-years from Earth.

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The cosmic "ice sculptures" of the Carina Nebula. This picture is probably an artist's photo shopped rendering of the ice pillars because it is much more detailed than photos of the more organic, cloud-shaped ice pillars currently on Hubble's site.  Even so, it's beautiful.

The cosmic "ice sculptures" of the Carina Nebula. This picture is probably an artist's photo shopped rendering of the ice pillars because it is much more detailed than photos of the more organic, cloud-shaped ice pillars currently on Hubble's site. Even so, it's beautiful.

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Wide-field image showing the region of WR 25 and Tr16-244. This cluster is embedded within the Carina Nebula, an immense cauldron of gas and dust that lies approximately 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina, the Keel.

Wide-field image showing the region of WR 25 and Tr16-244. This cluster is embedded within the Carina Nebula, an immense cauldron of gas and dust that lies approximately 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina, the Keel.

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The dream world and the "real" world collide in unexpected ways in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT"S DREAM.
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