Going, Going, Gone: Star Leaves the Milky Way
Going, Going, Gone: Star Leaves the Milky Way
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In this illustration, the hot, blue star HE 0437-5439 has been tossed out of the center of our Milky Way galaxy with enough speed to escape the galaxy's gravitational clutches. The stellar outcast is rocketing through the Milky Way's distant outskirts at 1.6 million miles an hour, high above the galaxy's disk, about 200,000 light-years from the center. The star is destined to roam intergalactic space.


Tags
Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Massive Stars, Stars

Credits

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, O. Gnedin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and W. Brown (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.)