A Star with a Comet-Like Tail
A Star with a Comet-Like Tail

A speeding star can be seen leaving an enormous trail in this image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer. Nothing like this stellar "tail" had even been seen before at the time the telescope spotted it. The tail stretches across 13 light-years of space.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Image addition date: 2007-08-15

Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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