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.


ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans

Sobre a imagem

Data de divulgação:21 de Julho de 2010 às 12:00
Notícias relacionadas:eso1030
Tamanho:1288 x 1296 px

Sobre o objeto

Nome:RMC 136a
Tipo:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Distância:22000 anos-luz
Categoria: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
Orientação:O norte está a 0.4° à esquerda da vertical

Cores e filtros

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