Eta Carinae Is Farther Than You Thought: 8,500 Light-Years

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That also means it's 25-30% more luminous than previously thought. The new work is based on Gaia parallaxes of stars associated with Eta Carinae: more here.
 

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Isn't it also a Gamma ray burst candidate pointing towards us? So the further away the better.
 

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