Tarantula's Central Cluster, R136

Inside the giant emission nebula lies a cluster of young, massive and hot stars, denoted R 136, whose intense ultra-violet radiation and strong winds make the nebula glow, shaping it in the form of a giant arachnid. The cluster is about 2 to 3 million years old. Several of the brighter members in the immediate surroundings of the dense cluster are among the most massive stars known, with masses well above 50 times the mass of our Sun. The cluster itself contains more than 200 massive stars.

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About the Image

Id:eso0613b
Type:Observation
Release date:7 April 2006
Related releases:eso0613
Size:699 x 746 px

About the Object

Name:30 Doradus, NGC 2070
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Local Universe : Nebula
• X - Nebulae
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 38 45.43
Position (Dec):-69° 5' 58.90"
Field of view:2.35 x 2.50 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical
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BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
485 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
V
503 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1
Optical
R
657 nm Very Large Telescope
FORS1

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