Most Luminous Star Forming Complexes

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The most luminous massive young star-forming complexes, cataloged by Urquhart et al, MNRAS 437, 1791-1807, 2014 (full dataset retrieved from VizieR Astronomical Server). The image painted on the base grid is the relevant 75.8 kly x 75.8 kly section of the NASA/JPL-Caltech Milky Way map. The very small circle around the Sun has a radius of 750 light years. The larger circles are spaced at intervals of 5,000 light years from the Sun. The base grid parallels the galactic plane, and lies 0.66 thousand light years (660 light years) below the actual galactic plane.

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Star Clusters and Nebulae