8/21/14 — NGC 3603

August 21, 2014 11:40 AM

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Fresh off the press of the ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, we see NGC 3603: a cluster of stars found 20,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina.

This new image gives us the best-look-yet at the central system that shapes this stellar arena. Instead of a single massive hyper-giant driving the changes in the surrounding nebula, this system is comprised of three Wolf-Rayet stars, which are, by nature, highly unstable stars that are nearing the ...

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