The brilliant star VFTS 682 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (annotated)

This view shows part of the very active star-forming region around the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbour of the Milky Way. At the upper left is the brilliant but isolated star VFTS 682 and at the lower right is the very rich star cluster R 136. The origins of VFTS 682 are unclear — was it ejected from R 136 or did it form on its own? The star appears yellow-red in this view, which includes both visible-light and infrared images from the Wide Field Imager at the 2.2-metre MPG/ESO telescope at La Silla and the 4.1-metre infrared VISTA telescope at Paranal, because of the effects of dust.


ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

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Data di rilascio:Mercoledì 25 Maggio 2011 12:00
Notizie relative:eso1117
Grandezza:622 x 858 px

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Nome:VFTS 682
Tipo:Local Universe : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Distanza:170000 Anni luce
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Position (RA):5 38 42.61
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 3.89"