January 7, 2018

The Tarantula Nebula (Image X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al.)

An article published in the journal “Science” describes the really out-of-the-ordinary amount of massive stars discovered in the Tarantula Nebula, a region of the Great Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way’s satellite dwarfs galaxies. A team of researchers participating in the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey (VFTS) used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to observe nearly 1,000 massive stars in that region concluding that there’s a much higher amount than expected by the models with various important astronomical implications.