The star cluster NGC 3572 and its dramatic surroundings

The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured the best image so far of the star cluster NGC 3572, a gathering of young stars, and its spectacular surroundings. This new image shows how the clouds of gas and dust around the cluster have been sculpted into whimsical bubbles, arcs and the odd features known as elephant trunks by the stellar winds flowing from the bright stars. The brightest of these cluster stars are heavier than the Sun and will end their short lives as supernova explosions.

Credit:

ESO/G. Beccari

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About the Image

Id:eso1347a
Language:en-gb
Type:Observation
Release date:13 November 2013, 12:00
Related releases:eso1347
Size:7485 x 4930 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 3572
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
• X - Star Clusters
Constellation:Carina

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 10 23.09
Position (Dec):-60° 14' 53.10"
Field of view:29.79 x 19.62 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.8° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
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MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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