Pismis 24

Pismis 24

NGC 6357
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A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of Pismis 24-1, the "core" of NGC 6357.
Credit: HST/NASA/ESA.
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 17h 24m[1]
Declination −34° 20′[1]
Distance ~ 8000[2]
Constellation Scorpius[3]
Physical characteristics
Other designations War and Peace Nebula,[1] Sharpless 11, RCW 131, Gum 66
See also: Diffuse nebula, Lists of nebulae


NGC 6357, is a diffuse nebula near NGC 6334 in the constellation Scorpius. The nebula contains many proto-stars shielded by dark disks of gas, and young stars wrapped in expanding "cocoons".

This nebula was given the name War and Peace Nebula by the Midcourse Space Experiment scientists because of its appearance. They said that in infrared images the bright, western part resembles a dove, while the eastern part looks like a skull.[4]

Pismis 24

This nebula includes the open cluster Pismis 24, which is home to several massive stars. One of the brightest stars in the cluster, Pismis 24-1, was thought possibly to be the most massive on record, approaching 300 solar masses, until it was discovered to be a binary system with each star exceeding 100 solar masses.[5]

Prominent stars in Pismis 24[6]
Star
(Pismis 24-#)
Spectral type Magnitude
(Mbol)
Temperature[7]
(K)
Radius
(R)
Mass
(M)
1NE O3.5 If* −10.0 42,000 17 74
1SW O4 III −9.8 41,500 16 66
2 O5.5 V(f) −8.9 40,000 12 43
3 O8 V −7.7 33,400 9 25
10 O9 V −7.2 31,500 8 20
12 B1 V −5.3 30,000 4 11
13 O6.5 III((f)) −8.6 35,600 12 35
15 O8 V −7.8 33,400 10 25
16 O7.5 V −9.0 34,000 16 38
17 O3.5 III −10.1 42,700 17 78
18 B0.5 V −6.4 30,000 6 15
19 B0.5 V −5.4 30,000 4 11

References

External links

  • European Southern Observatory infrared image
  • blog about the nebula
  • APOD Pictures:
  1. Pismis 24.
  2. Star Forming Region NGC 6357 showing complex interactions between interstellar winds, radiation pressures and magnetic fields.
  3. NGC 6357: Massive Stars
  4. A Massive Star in NGC 6357

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