The Drifting Star - The Taurus and Horologium Constellations
April 18, 2008
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. This image was done with the VirGO software, which is a plug-in for Stellarium.
Topics: Human Interest, Astrology, Stars, Astronomy, Technology Internet, Horologium, Iota Horologii, Horologium constellation, Taurus, Hyades, Hyades cluster, Planetary systems, Taurus constellation, Milky Way