Massive star ejected from young star cluster (artist's impression)

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.


Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)
Science Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Evans (Royal Observatory Edinburgh), N. Walborn (STScI) and ESO

About the Image

Release date:11 May 2010, 15:00
Related releases:heic1008
Size:3000 x 1277 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus
Type:Local Universe : Star
Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distance:170000 light years
Category:Star Clusters

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