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Westerlund - 2 Facts

Westerlund - 2 Facts Star Cluster in Carina

Westerlund - 2 is a star cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 20,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Carina.

The Star Cluster's location is 10:24:6.50 (R.A.) and -57:45:48.42 (Dec.).

Westerlund 2 star nursery lies in a star forming area known as Gum-2 that is located in the constellation of Carina. The nebula contains some of the hottest, brightest and heaviest (most massive) stars being formed and is only about 2 million years old. Hubble

The cluster can be located not very far from the star V399 Carinae. The cluster is thought to contain a number of wolf-rayet stars but they are now believed to be runaway stars. Wiki

Travel Time to Westerlund - 2

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A38073618,223,277,961.96
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26917,480,613,161.75
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.548,740,295,189.44
New Horizons Probe33,000406,434,320.61
Speed of Light670,616,629.0020,000.00

Fact File

NameWesterlund - 2
TypeStar Cluster
Right Ascension10:24:6.50
Distance (Lt.Yr)20,000
CoprightN.A.S.A. Hubblesite

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