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APOD: 2016 March 27 - NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars
NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars - How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, making it one of the most massive stars known. images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least.