Massive star ejected from young star cluster (artist's impression)
This illustration shows the heavy runaway star 30 Dor #016 rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 400 000 kilometres per hour. The runaway is the most extreme case of a very massive star that has been kicked out of its home by a group of even heftier siblings.
Tantalizing clues from three observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s newly installed Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS), and some old-fashioned detective work, suggest that the star may have travelled about 375 light-years from its suspected home, a giant star cluster called R136.
Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)
Science Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Evans (Royal Observatory Edinburgh), N. Walborn (STScI) and ESO
About the Image
|Release date:||11 May 2010, 15:00|
|Size:||3000 x 1277 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Local Universe : Star|
• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Star Clusters Images/Videos
|Distance:||170000 light years|