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Largest known star is tearing itself apart

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How the largest star known is tearing itself apart

An international team of astronomers has observed part of the final death throes of the largest known star in the Universe as it throws off its outer layers. The discovery, by a collaboration of scientists from the UK, Chile, Germany and the USA, is a vital step in understanding how massive stars return enriched material to the interstellar medium - the space between stars - which is necessary for forming planetary systems. The researchers publish their results in the Oxford University Press journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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George Ford

I was hungry is all.

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Shiloh17

So that star has a radius of 648,575,000 miles or about 6.975 times wider than the distance from our sun to the earth. Wow.

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Waspie_Dwarf

So that star has a radius of 648,575,000 miles or about 6.975 times wider than the distance from our sun to the earth. Wow.

Put another way:

If you replaced the Sun with W26 it's outer surface would be between the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn,

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Hazzard

Wow indeed.

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Thelaw1

I am ignorant on the subject but nonetheless interested. This star is bigger than VY Canis Majoris? If so, what are their sizes.

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