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Trumpler classification




A classification scheme for open clusters devised by the American astronomer Robert Trumpler (1886-1956). It uses three criteria: degree of central concentration (from I, most concentrated, to IV, least); range of brightness of member stars (from 1, narrow range, to 3, wide range); and total number of stars in the cluster (p for poor, less than 50; m for moderately rich, 50 to 100; r for rich, more than 100). The addition of "n" indicates that the cluster has some nebulosity; for example, the Trumpler classification of the Pleiades is I3rn.


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   • NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS