Great Balls of Fire! Hubble Sees Bright Knots Ejected from Brilliant Star

Resembling an aerial fireworks explosion, this dramatic NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture of the energetic star WR124 reveals it is surrounded by hot clumps of gas being ejected into space at speeds of over 100, 000 miles per hour (approx. 45 kilometres per second).

Credit:

Yves Grosdidier (University of Montreal and Observatoire de Strasbourg), Anthony Moffat (Universitie de Montreal), Gilles Joncas(Universite Laval), Agnes Acker (Observatoire de Strasbourg), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9838a
Type:Observation
Release date:5 November 1998, 15:00
Size:611 x 641 px

About the Object

Name:Merril's Star, WR 124
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
• Milky Way : Nebula
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:10000 light years

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BandTelescope
Optical Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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