April 6, 2015

Mammoth Stars seen by Hubble Space Telescope

Mammoth Stars - Hubble Space Telescope

The 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 approximately 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina, the Keel. 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. The second brightest, to the left of WR 25, is a low mass star located much closer to the Earth than the Carina Nebula.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)
Explanation from: http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic0822a/

1 comment:

  1. Increible el tamaño de esas estrellas que se pueden apreciar con tan buena calidad de imágen.