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Carinae is a doomed star that was one of the brightest in the sky in 1843, disappeared from sight, and returned in 1998 and 1999 when its brightness doubled.
The maintenance contract on the Hubble has run out. If there are any problems, scientists on Earth will have to deal with them. But the James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch in 2013 and will study the origins of the universe.
The deepest image of the universe ever taken in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the Big Bang.
Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick Observatory and the University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (UCO/Lick Observatory and Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team.