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Photo: NASA/ESA
Photo: NASA/ESA

Stunning new image from Hubble shows cluster of nine stars 100 times more massive than our own sun.

By Ron Sparkman | @UpportunityU

Hubble continues to shock and amaze as NASA shares this image of their most recent discovery. Nine stars, each 100 times more massive than our sun, were uncovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud 170,000 light-years from our home planet. Their home star cluster, R136, is what emits most of the energy coming from the center of the Tarantula Nebula at the middle of the cloud.

 

Photo: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
Photo: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

This isn’t the first time that R136 has caused a stir in the astronomy community. A few years ago, researchers came across R136A1, which is more than 250 times larger than our own sun, making it the largest star we’ve encountered so far. Stars this massive are stunning but they aren’t meant to last very long. In fact, scientists say they will die one after the other in a spectacular series supernovae in just a couple of million years. For those far off humans, or whatever beings are in their place, it should be one helluva light show.

 

 

(Source: Hubble/SpaceTelescope.org)

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