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R136 Stars
07/23/10

 

A new near-infrared image of the R136 cluster. The most massive star, known as R136a1 and located at the centre of the image, has been found to have a current mass of 265 times that of the Sun. It also has the highest luminosity, close to ten million times greater than the Sun. Credit: ESO/P. Crowther/C.J. Evans

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