R136 observed with WFC3

The image shows the central region of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The young and dense star cluster R136 can be seen at the lower right of the image. This cluster contains hundreds of young blue stars, among them the most massive star detected in the Universe so far.

Using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope astronomers were able to study the central and most dense region of this cluster in detail. Here they found nine stars with more than 100 solar masses.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, P Crowther (University of Sheffield)

About the Image

Id:heic1605a
Type:Observation
Release date:17 March 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1605
Size:4014 x 3981 px

About the Object

Name:R136, RMC 136
Type:Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 38 49.29
Position (Dec):-69° 6' 6.88"
Field of view:2.65 x 2.63 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 77.7° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
438 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Ultraviolet
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
H-alpha
656 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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