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Massive star ejected from young star cluster

Massive star ejected from young star cluster

Date: 11 May 2010
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Runaway star 30 Dor #016
Copyright: NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI). Science Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Evans (Royal Observatory Edinburgh), N. Walborn (STScI) and ESO

This illustration shows the heavy runaway star 30 Dor #016 rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 400 000 kilometres per hour. The runaway is the most extreme case of a very massive star that has been kicked out of its home by a group of even heftier siblings.

Tantalizing clues from three observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's newly installed Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS), and some old-fashioned detective work, suggest that the star may have travelled about 375 light-years from its suspected home, a giant star cluster called R136.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
23-Jun-2024 17:45 UT

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