A cosmic couple

Here we see the spectacular cosmic pairing of the star Hen 2-427 — more commonly known as WR 124 — and the nebula M1-67 which surrounds it. Both objects, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are found in the constellation of Sagitta and lie 15 000 light-years away.

The star Hen 2-427 shines brightly at the very centre of this explosive image and around the hot clumps of gas are ejected into space at over 150 000 kilometres per hour.

Hen 2-427 is a Wolf–Rayet star, named after the astronomers Charles Wolf and Georges Rayet. Wolf–Rayet are super-hot stars characterised by a fierce ejection of mass.

The nebula M1-67 is estimated to be no more than 10 000 years old — just a baby in astronomical terms — but what a beautiful and magnificent sight it makes.

A version of this image was released in 1998, but has now been re-reduced with the latest software.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA
Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (geckzilla.com)

About the Image

Id:potw1533a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 August 2015, 10:00
Size:1309 x 1321 px

About the Object

Name:M1-67, WR 124
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Milky Way : Nebula
Distance:15000 light years
Constellation:Sagitta
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):19 11 30.94
Position (Dec):16° 51' 38.11"
Field of view:2.18 x 2.20 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 48.0° right of vertical

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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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Optical656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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