February 2009 - Close up view of mammoth stars
Hubble image shows a pair of colossal stars, WR 25 and Tr16-244, located within the open cluster Trumpler 16. This cluster is embedded within the Carina Nebula, an immense cauldron of gas and dust that lies about 7500 light-years from Earth. WR 25 is the brightest, situated near the centre of the image. The neighbouring Tr16-244 is the third brightest, just to the upper left of WR 25.
NASA, ESA & Stephen Smartt (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)