Dazzling diamonds of Trumpler 14

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image features the star cluster Trumpler 14. One of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way, this cluster houses some of the most luminous stars in our entire galaxy.

The prominent dark patch, close to the centre of the cluster is a so called Bok globule: this is an isolated and relatively small dark nebula, containing dense dust and gas. These objects are still subjects of intense research as their structure and density remains somewhat a mystery.

Credit:

NASA & ESA, Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA, Spain)

About the Image

Id:heic1601a
Type:Observation
Release date:21 January 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1601
Size:3906 x 3906 px

About the Object

Name:Trumpler 14
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Distance:8000 light years
Constellation:Carina
Category:Star Clusters

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Coordinates

Position (RA):10 43 53.50
Position (Dec):-59° 32' 50.51"
Field of view:3.25 x 3.25 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 31.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
Z
850 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
R
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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