VFTS 102: The Fastest Rotating Massive Star
December 8, 2011
This view shows part of the stellar nursery called the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbor of the Milky Way. At the center lies the brilliant star VFTS 102 This view includes both visible-light and infrared images from the Wide Field Imager at the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla and the 4.1-meter infrared VISTA telescope at Paranal. VFTS 102 is the most rapidly rotating star ever found.
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