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Compass and scale image of 30 Doradus runaway star

Compass and scale image of 30 Doradus runaway star

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

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.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
15-Jul-2024 05:17 UT

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