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No star-forming region in our local Universe is as vigorous as 30 Doradus, also called the Tarantula Nebula. Now astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's 2.2-meter telescope at La Silla, Chile, to spot an outlier-a star destined to exit the nebula because of gravitational interactions among its throng of massive stars. This is the first direct observation of a stellar runaway in a dense, massive cluster.