Massive infrared clusters in the Milky Way

André Nicolas Chené, Sebastian Ramírez Alegría, Jordanka Borissova, Anthony Hervé, Fabrice Martins, Michael Kuhn, Dante Minniti

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Our position in the Milky Way (MW) is both a blessing and a curse. We are nearby to many star clusters, but the dust that is a product of their very existence obscures them. Also, many massive young clusters are expected to be located near, or across the Galactic Center, where the dust extinction is extreme (A V > 15 mag) and can be better penetrated by infrared photons. This paper reviews the discoveries and the study of new MW massive stars and massive clusters made possible by near infrared observations that are part of the VISTA Variables in the Vía Láctea (VVV) survey. It discusses what the studies of their fundamental parameters have taught us.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-270
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS329
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • (Galaxy:) open clusters and associations: general
  • stars: distances
  • stars: evolution
  • stars: fundamental parameters
  • stars: Wolf-Rayet
  • surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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