Great Balls of Fire! Hubble Sees Bright Knots Ejected from Brilliant Star

Esahubble_opo9838a_500

esahubble_opo9838a November 5th, 1998

Credit: Yves Grosdidier (University of Montreal and Observatoire de Strasbourg), Anthony Moffat (Universitie de Montreal), Gilles Joncas(Universite Laval), Agnes Acker (Observatoire de Strasbourg), and NASA/ESA

Resembling an aerial fireworks explosion, this dramatic NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope picture of the energetic star WR124 reveals it is surrounded by hot clumps of gas being ejected into space at speeds of over 100, 000 miles per hour (approx. 45 kilometres per second).

Image Source: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9838a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Merril's Star WR 124
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Type » Wolf-Rayet
Nebula
Esahubble_opo9838a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 19h 11m 31.1s
DEC = 16° 51’ 36.7”
Orientation
North is 227.9° CW
Field of View
2.0 x 2.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Sagitta

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_orange Hubble Space Telescope (WFPC2) Optical -
Esahubble_opo9838a_1280
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ID
opo9838a
Subject Category
B.3.2.4   B.4  
Subject Name
Merril's Star, WR 124
Credits
Yves Grosdidier (University of Montreal and Observatoire de Strasbourg), Anthony Moffat (Universitie de Montreal), Gilles Joncas(Universite Laval), Agnes Acker (Observatoire de Strasbourg), and NASA/ESA
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9838a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument
WFPC2
Color Assignment
Orange
Band
Optical
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
287.879715493, 16.8601900248
Reference Dimension
611.0, 641.0
Reference Pixel
305.5, 320.5
Scale
-5.54585248822e-05, 5.54585248822e-05
Rotation
-227.87999999999965
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
opo9838a
Metadata Date
2003-12-09T17:52:03+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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