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Melnick 42

The giant blue star lies in the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud near R 136. It competes with S Doradus to be the brightest star in this dwarf galaxy.
The exact mass of Melnick 42 is unknown, some sources tell of 196 solar masses. But this wouldn't be possible at the actual state of knowledge.

Constellation: Dorado
Age: 1-2 million years
Distance: 170 000 light-years
Spectral class: O3
Luminosity: 1-3 million * Sun
Mass: circa 90 * Sun
Diameter: 26 * Sun

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06/28/2006

    Melnick 42
Tarantula Nebula
Photo: ESA/NASA, ESO and Danny LaCrue

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