The Brightest Stars Don’t Live Alone (press release ESO/STScI)

26 Jul

A new study using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has shown that most very bright high-mass stars, which drive the evolution of galaxies, do not live alone. Almost three quarters of these stars are found to have a close companion … Read More »

Happy birthday Hubble (Press release STScI/NASA)

17 Apr

Several million stars are vying for attention in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a raucous stellar breeding ground in 30 Doradus, located in the heart of the Tarantula nebula. 30 Doradus is the brightest star-forming region in our … Read More »

Hunting for runaway stars

29 Dec

In this astrometric program we use the unique capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the proper motions of stars in the 30 Doradus region in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Here we present the first epoch of observations, a … Read More »

Multiple populations in Trumpler 20: stellar rotation or differential reddening? (New Paper)

29 Dec

The effects of differential reddening and stellar rotation  on the appearance of multiple populations in star clusters: the case of Trumpler 20. I. Platais, C. Melo, S. N. Quinn, J. L. Clem, S. E. de Mink, A. Dotter, V. Kozhurina-Platais, … Read More »

Fastest Rotating Star Found in Neighboring Galaxy (Press release ESO/STScI)

5 Dec

An international team of astronomers using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope have found the fastest spinning star ever discovered. VFTS 102 rotates at a dizzying 1 million miles per hour and is very close to the point at … Read More »

A new record for the fastest rotating O-type star (New ApJ Letter)

1 Nov

The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey: The fastest rotating O-type star and shortest period LMC pulsar – remnants of a supernova disrupted binary? P. L. Dufton, P. R. Dunstall, C. J. Evans, I. Brott, M. Cantiello, A. de Koter, S.E. de Mink, … Read More »

Young massive star clusters beyond our Galaxy (new paper)

1 Jul

Resolved photometry of extragalactic young massive star clusters S. S. Larsen, S. E. de Mink, J. J. Eldridge, N. Langer, N. Bastian, A. Seth, L. J. Smith, J. Brodie, Y. N. Efremov We present colour-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) for a sample … Read More »