nov 082013
 
Anne's Image of the Day: Star Cluster R136

November 8, 2013 R136, a star cluster in the Tarantula Nebula Image Credit: F. Paresce (INAF-IASF), R. O’Connell (U. Virginia), ESA, Hubble & NASA R136, formally known as RMC 136 (Radcliffe obs., Magellanic Clouds), is a young, massive star cluster surrounded by glowing clouds of some 100 light-years across. It lies near the center of [continue reading]

aug 162012
 
Star Clusters in the Tarantula Nebula on a Collision Course

  Astronomers using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. The clusters are 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small satellite galaxy to our Milky Way. This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of a pair [continue reading]

aug 072012
 
Mystery of the “Monster Stars" Cracked

  In 2010 scientists discovered four ‘monster’ sized stars, with the heaviest more than 300 times as massive as our Sun. Despite their incredible luminosity, these exotic objects — located in the giant star cluster R136 in the nearby galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud — have oddly so far been found nowhere else. Now a [continue reading]