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December 5, 2011 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-39

Fastest Rotating Star Found in Neighboring Galaxy

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About the Object
Object Name: VFTS 102, 2MASS J05373924-6909510
Object Description: Star located in the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070, 30 Doradus, 30 Dor), a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 37m 39s.25
Dec. -69° 09' 51".01
Constellation: Dorado
Distance: 160,000 light-years (49,000 parsecs)
About the VLT Data
Data Description: Spectra of 30 Dor were taken with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile, as part of the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey. The lead scientist on the survey project is C.J. Evans (UK ATC, STFC). The lead author on the publication about VFTS 102 is P.L. Dufton (Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast (ARC/QUB), UK).
Exposure Date(s): Data were obtained from October 2008 through February 2009.
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, P.L. Dufton (Queen's University Belfast), S.E. de Mink (STScI, Hubble Fellow), and D.J. Lennon (ESA and STScI)
Release Date: December 5, 2011