Gone with the wind

M1-67 is the youngest wind-nebula around a Wolf-Rayet star, called WR124, in our Galaxy. These Wolf-Rayet stars start their lives with dozens of times the mass of our Sun, but loose most of it through a powerful wind, which is ultimately responsible for the formation of the nebula.

Ten years ago, Hubble Space Telescope observations revealed a wealth of small knots and substructures inside the nebula. The same team, led by Cédric Foellmi (ESO), has now used ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to watch how these structures have evolved and what they can teach us about stellar winds, their chemistry, and how they mix with the surrounding interstellar medium, before the star will eventually blow everything away in a fiery supernova explosion.

The image is based on FORS1 data obtained by the Paranal Science team with the VLT through 2 wide (B and V) and 3 narrow-band filters.

Crédito:

ESO

Sobre la imagen

Identificador:wr124
Tipo:Observación
Fecha de publicación:3 de Diciembre de 2009 a las 23:20
Tamaño:3135 x 2679 px

Sobre el objeto

Nombre:WR124
Tipo:Milky Way : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Milky Way : Nebula
Distancia:10000 años luz
Constellation:Sagitta
Categoría:Nebulae
Stars

Formatos de imagen

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Coordenadas

Position (RA):19 11 30.92
Position (Dec):16° 51' 37.95"
Field of view:3.29 x 2.81 arcminutes
Orientación:El norte está a 0.2° a la izquierda de la vertical

Colores y filtros

BandaTelescopio
Óptico
B
Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Óptico
V
Very Large Telescope
FORS1