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OB association

(stellar association including O and/or early B class stars)

An OB association is a stellar association, a loose group of stars of similar spectral class including O-type star and early B-type star stars, i.e., OB stars. It is necessarily a young association because such stars do not last long and choosing such associations is a means of selecting relatively young associations. After the OB stars are all gone, remaining stars will constitute a typical stellar association. An example OB association is the Scorpius-Centaurus Association, which is the nearest to us, about 380-470 light-years, thus of interest for observation.

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OB star
rare designator prefixes
stellar association
CTIO Upper-Scorpius OB Association Survey (UScoCTIO)