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.

Kilde:

ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans

Om bildet

ID:eso1030d
Type:Observasjon
Publiseringsdato:21. juli 2010 12:00
Relaterte pressemeldinger:eso1030
Størrelse:1288 x 1296 px

Om objektet

Navn:RMC 136a
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Avstand:22000 lysår
Constellation:Dorado
Kategori:Star Clusters

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Koordinater

Position (RA):5 38 42.18
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 0.41"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Orientering:Nord er 0.4° til venstre for vertikalen