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

O snímku

Datum zveřejnění:21. července 2010 12:00
Související články:eso1030
Velikost:1288 x 1296 px

O objektu

Jméno:RMC 136a
Typ:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Vzdálenost:22000 světelné roky
Kategorie:Star Clusters

Image Formats

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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
Orientace:Sever je 0.4° levá od svislé osy

Barvy & filtry

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