Going, going, gone: star leaves the Milky Way

In this illustration, the hot, blue star HE 0437-5439 has been tossed out of the centre of our Milky Way galaxy with enough speed to escape the galaxy's gravitational clutches. The stellar outcast is rocketing through the Milky Way's distant outskirts at 2.6 million kilometres per hour, high above the galaxy's disk, about 200,000 light-years from the centre. The star is destined to roam intergalactic space.


Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI). Science Credit: NASA, ESA, O. Gnedin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA), and W. Brown (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass., USA)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:22 July 2010, 15:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:HE 0437-5439
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Blue Straggler
Distance:200000 light years

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