Compass and scale image of 30 Doradus runaway star
In this image, an arrow points to a stellar runaway. The image was taken by the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The heavyweight star, called 30 Dor #016, is 90 times more massive than the Sun and is travelling at more than 400 000 kilometres an hour from its home.
The young star, only one million to two million years old, may have travelled about 375 light-years from its suspected home in star cluster R136.
Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA and Z. Levay (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:||588 x 559 px|
About the Object
|Name:||30 Doradus, R136, Tarantula Nebula|
|Type:||• Solar System : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object|
|Distance:||170000 light years|
Colours & filters
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
OIII + V
Notes: Information from ESO observations used in this image.