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QPM-241

QPM-241 is a Wolf-Rayet star and the second brightest star in the Quintuplet Cluster near the galactic center. Another member of this cluster is the slightly brighter Pistol Star.

Constellation: Sagittarius
Age: probably 4 million years
Distance: 25 000 light-years
Spectral class: WN9/Ofpe
Luminosity: 4.5 million * Sun

Back: List of big and giant stars part 2

09/28/2007

    QPM-241
The brightest star visible here is the Pistol Star.
Photo: Don Figer (STScI) et al., NASA

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