Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zeta Ophiuci

Zeta Ophiuci, the bright blue star right under the red cloud in the center of the picture is a runaway star shooting through the galaxy a speed of 87,000 kilometers per second (relative to the stars around it.) Most likely it was blasted through space by a supernova. The picture was taken in infrared light by from NASA's WISE satellite.

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