- Published on 22 May 2013
In section 7. Stellar structure and evolution
Three-dimensional orbits of the triple-O stellar system HD 150136
Direct mass estimates of high-mass stars are rare. The authors combine spectroscopic and interferometric observations to determine the orbits and masses of the three components of the triple-O star HD150136. This is the first direct measurement of the mass of an O3 star - an important reference point to test the evolution of massive stars. Although the error bars are still relatively high, they could be reduced by further monitoring of the system.