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.

Credit:

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

Id:heic1008e
Type:Observation
Release date:11 May 2010, 15:00
Related releases:heic1008
Size:588 x 559 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, R136, Tarantula Nebula
Type:• Solar System : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• X - Solar System Images/Videos
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:170000 light years

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
B
Other
Optical
OIII + V
Other
Optical
H-alpha
Other

Notes: Information from ESO observations used in this image.


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