The Taurus and Horologium Constellations

From their HARPS observations on ESO's 3.6-m telescope at La Silla, astronomers infer that the star Iota Horologii (located as it name suggests towards the Horologium constellation) must have drifted from the Hyades cluster where it formed. The Hyades cluster is located towards the inner triangle of the Taurus constellation. The star is thus more than 130 light-years away from its original birthplace. This is an important result to understand how stars move on the galactic highways of the Milky Way.

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ESO

About the Image

Id:eso0809b
Type:Photographic
Release date:15 April 2008
Related releases:eso0809
Size:599 x 656 px

About the Object

Name:Iota Horologii
Type:• Milky Way : Star
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:55 light years

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