The young cluster RMC 136a

A new near-infrared image of the R136 cluster, obtained at high resolution with the MAD adaptive optics instrument at ESO’s Very Large Telescope, provides unique details of its stellar content. At birth, the three brightest stars each weighed more than 150 times the mass of the Sun. The most massive star, known as R136a1 and located at the centre of the image, has been found to have a current mass of 265 times that of the Sun. It also has the highest luminosity, close to ten million times greater than the Sun.

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ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans

Rreth fotografisë

Data e Publikimit:Kor 21, 2010, 12:00 CEST
Publikime të ngjashme:eso1030
Përmasat:1288 x 1296 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:RMC 136a
Tipi:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distanca:22000 vite dritë
Kategori:Star Clusters

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Position (RA):5 38 42.18
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 0.41"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 0.4° majtas vertikales

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Infra të kuqe
Very Large Telescope
ESO Multi-conjugate Adaptive optics Demonstrator (MAD)