A Group Astronomers Investigate Stellar Content of an Open Cluster NGC 330

Using the Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE) on the Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, astronomers have carried out a spectroscopic examination of the younger open cluster NGC 330. Results of the analysis revealed, present, extra particulars in regards to the cluster’s stellar content material.

Located some 196,000 mild years away within the Small Magellanic Cloud, NGC 330 is an open cluster calculated to be between 26 and 45 million years old. The group has a dynamical mass of about 158,000 solar masses and is assumed to include many so-referred to as binary-interaction products (BiPs)—objects affected by the interplay of massive stars in binary methods.

BiPs are figured to be common in stellar populations, particularly in younger clusters, and could possibly be essential to assist us better perceive the method of stellar evolution. Provided that the properties of BiPs are still not nicely constrained, more research are wanted to resolve the remaining uncertainties about these objects.

Recently, a group of astronomers led by Julia Bodensteiner of the Catholic University of Leuven from Belgium has decided to characterize and identify a pattern of BiPs in NGC 330. Using Multi-Unit Spectroscopic Explorer, they managed to resolve the cluster’s dense core for the first time and to extract spectra of its entire huge stellar population. Attempting to explain the two distinct populations in NGC 330, the authors of the paper assume that it possibly be on account of different star-formation histories, with the older cluster contrasting with younger stars formed as a part of the continued star formation within the bar of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Bodensteiner’s group plans to investigate the star-formation history of NGC 330 in future research.


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