a star and its surrounding nebula in the constellation Carina: the star was brighter than every star except Sirius in the 1840s and now is of seventh magnitude; the nebula is the brightest infrared object in the nighttime sky.
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Origin of Eta Carinae
New Latin: Eta (seventh) of Carina
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