Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 7th, 8:00 PM

The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its regular monthly meeting and stargaze. (Please note change in meetting time)  Special guest speaker Dr. Laurie Wells will give a presentation on astrophotography  Telescopes provided by the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give views of the stars and planets after the meeting (weather permitting).

For more information, contact RRAS Vice-President, Melanie Templet  at 505-220-5355.
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At the Heart of Orion 

Near the center of this sharp cosmic portrait, at the heart of the Orion Nebula, are four hot, massive stars known as the Trapezium. Tightly gathered within a region about 1.5 light-years in radius, they dominate the core of the dense Orion Nebula Star Cluster. Ultraviolet ionizing radiation from the Trapezium stars, mostly from the brightest star Theta-1 Orionis C powers the complex star forming region's entire visible glow. About three million years old, the Orion Nebula Cluster was even more compact in its younger years and a dynamical study indicates that runaway stellar collisions at an earlier age may have formed a black hole with more than 100 times the mass of the Sun. The presence of a black hole within the cluster could explain the observed high velocities of the Trapezium stars. The Orion Nebula's distance of some 1,500 light-years would make it the closest known black hole to planet Earth.

Source:  Astronomy Picture of the Day

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