The stellar cluster Hodge 301

Above and to the right of the central cluster in the Tarantula Nebula, another cluster of bright, massive stars is seen. Known to astronomers as Hodge 301, it is about 20 million years old, or about 10 times older than R136. The more massive stars of Hodge 301 have therefore already exploded as supernovae, blasting material away at tremendous speed and creating a web of entangled filaments. More explosions will come soon — in astronomical terms — as three red supergiants are indeed present in Hodge 301 that will end their life in the gigantic firework of a supernova within the next million years.

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À propos de l'image

Identification:eso0613c
Type:Observation
Date de publication:7 avril 2006
Communiqués de presse en rapport:eso0613
Taille:803 x 791 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:30 Doradus, NGC 2070
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
Local Universe : Nebula
Distance:170000 années lumière
Constellation:Dorado
Catégorie:Nebulae
Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 38 18.49
Position (Dec):-69° 4' 13.35"
Field of view:2.68 x 2.64 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° right of vertical

Couleurs & filtres

DomaineLongueur d'ondeTélescope
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B
485 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1
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V
503 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1
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R
657 nmVery Large Telescope
FORS1