Zooming in on VFTS 243
In this video we get to fly out from our home galaxy and into the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way. The LMC is the home of one of the brightest known nebulae, the Tarantula Nebula, that was discovered in the mid-18th century. The Tarantula Nebula hosts the binary system VFTS 243, where this video eventually ends. The system might seem like a lone hot blue star, but the other component is in fact invisible to us: a black hole, weighing at least nine times the mass of our Sun, and about 200 000 times smaller than its stellar companion.
ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)/R. Gendler, ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit. Music: John Dyson
About the Video
|Release date:||18 July 2022, 17:00|
|Frame rate:||25 fps|
About the Object
|Type:||Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Binary|