Home > News > Runaway Star from Ophiuchus ripping through Space at breakneck speed

Runaway Star from Ophiuchus ripping through Space at breakneck speed

A star from the constellation of Ophiuchus has been spotted, whizzing through space at breakneck speeds. Read on.

In the image above, the bright star in the center of the shot is Zeta Ophiuchi, from the constellation of Ophiuchus; the same constellation which received a fair bit of media attention recently.

Zeta Ophiuchi is interesting mainly because it is not everyday that runaway stars go for spin around space, hurtling at 87,000 kilometers per hour. This breakneck speed is likely the result of it being propelled by the explosion of a larger binary partner.

This captivating image was captured by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), the reddish arc folding around the star is a bow shock- strong stellar winds from Zeta Ophiuchi colliding with the interstellar medium, causing heating and hence infrared light detectable by WISE.

Source: Discovery


VR-Zone is a leading online technology news publication reporting on bleeding edge trends in PC and mobile gadgets, with in-depth reviews and commentaries.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Read previous post:
No more Tug of Wars with that stubborn plug

I'm sure everyone has had the experience of trying to yank out that stubborn plug and worrying whether which will...