GRAVITY discovers new double star in Orion Trapezium cluster

As part of the first observations with the new GRAVITY instrument the team looked closely at the bright, young stars known as the Trapezium Cluster, located in the heart of the Orion star-forming region. Already, from these first data, GRAVITY made a discovery: one of the components of the cluster (Theta1 Orionis F, lower left) was found to be a double star for the first time. The brighter double star Theta1 Orionis C (lower right) is also well seen.

The background image comes from the ISAAC instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope. The views of two of the stars from GRAVITY, shown as inserts, reveal far finer detail than could be detected with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Предоставлено:

ESO/GRAVITY consortium/NASA/ESA/M. McCaughrean

Об изображении

ID:eso1601a
Тип:Коллаж
Дата выпуска релиза [date]:13 января 2016 г. 15:00
Связанные релизы:eso1601
Размер:2737 x 2273 px

Об объекте

Название:Trapezium Cluster
Тип:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Расстояние:1400 световых лет
Категория:Star Clusters

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