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

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Auðkenni:eso1030d
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Júl 21, 2010, 12:00 CEST
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1030
Stærð:1288 x 1296 px

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Nafn:RMC 136a
Tegund:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Fjarlægð:22000 ljósár
Constellation:Dorado
Flokkur: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
Stefna:Norður er 0.4° vinstri frá lóðréttu

Litir og síur

TíðnisviðSjónauki
Innrautt
Near-IR
Very Large Telescope
ESO Multi-conjugate Adaptive optics Demonstrator (MAD)