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ScienceDaily (Jan. 24, 2011) — A massive star flung away from its former companion is plowing through space dust. The result is a brilliant bow shock, seen as a yellow arc in a new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Zeta Ophiuchi once orbited around an even heftier star. But when that star exploded in a supernova, Zeta Ophiuchi shot away like a bullet. It's traveling at a whopping 54,000 miles per hour (or 24 kilometers per second), and heading toward the upper left area of the picture.
Originally posted by 00nunya00
It's Nibiru! (LOL, sorry, couldn't resist----you didn't really want a thread free of that word, right?)
Seriously, though, awesome post. Nature is so gorgeous and amazing, and it's awesome that it's even more so in space, where you might think the lack of "stuff" everywhere like the Earth has would make it boring, but quite the opposite! There's an amazing beauty to the minimalism of space.
Zeta Ophiuchi (ζ Oph, ζ Ophiuchi) is a star located in the constellation of Ophiuchus
Zeta Ophiuchi is actually a very massive, hot, bright blue star plowing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas.
Astronomers theorize that this stellar juggernaut was likely once part of a binary star system with an even more massive partner