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Big Star – R136a1

  • July 22nd, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

r136a1-star-7-10.jpgBritish scientists have found a huge star in the Tarantula Galaxy, hundreds of times bigger than the Sun – and said to be the biggest star ever found.

The team headed by Paul Crowther, Professor of Astrophysics at Sheffield University deployed a Very Large Telescope,  located in Chile, and matched the signals with data collected by the Hubble Space telescope.

Designated R136a1, the star has very high mass and is extremely radiant – millions of times brighter than the Sun.

It is expected to have a short life for a star, building up to explode.


See video
, via The Guardian, UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/interactive/2010/jul/21/monster-star-r136a1-sun-planets, (22.7.10).

Reference

The Guardian, Manchester, “R136a1 – the most massive star ever found”, 21.7.10.

Leigh Giessl, “Scientists discover massive star”, Helium, Andover MA, 21.7.10. http://www.helium.com/items/1899099-scientists-discover-massive-star-r136a1-in-tarantula-nebula-galaxy, (22.7.10).


Picture  
  wikipedia

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