AAS 199th meeting, Washington, DC, January 2002
Session 96. Associations, Young Massive Clusters
Display, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[96.02] Chandra/ACIS observation of NGC 346

Y. Naze (Liege), I. R. Stevens, J. Hartwell (U. Birmingham), XMEGA Group Collaboration

The cluster NGC346 is the largest star formation region in the SMC. It contains a large fraction of the early-type O stars of this galaxy. In the outskirts of this cluster lies HD 5980, a unique system of massive stars of which one component underwent a LBV-type eruption in 1993. The XMEGA consortium has obtained one deep (100 ks) Chandra exposure of NGC 346. It shows ~70 point sources, of which only half possess an optical counterpart; strong emission from HD 5980; and diffuse emission associated with the cluster and SNR 0057-7226.

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