• June 10, 2010

    Episode 279: Runaway Star

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    The 30 Doradus complex in a small nearby galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, is home to a giant, massive star cluster rapidly forming hundreds of stars. It is probably the most massive star cluster in the local part of the universe. This region has been studied extensively, and data from Australia, Chile and the Hubble have been combined to analyze it. The scientists have found it contains at least one massive, runaway star, somehow kicked out of the rest of the cluster. How this occurs and whether there are more runaways are questions to be answered in the future.