Did you know that there is a super giant star in the known universe?

VY Canis Majoris is the largest star known so far, this super red giant is located 4,900 light years from Earth. To understand its enormous size, if VY Canis Majoris were in place of the Sun, it would extend beyond the orbit of Saturn. Therefore, the Earth would be devoured by this huge star.

However, VY Canis Majoris is already in the final stage of its life, since it consumes a large amount of energy. Its brightness is equivalent to 500 thousand suns.

Hypergiants in the galaxy itself are already rare. We know of only one other: the second brightest star in the Orion constellation, Betelgeuse.

According to current theory, they are more likely to collapse into a black hole, and are more difficult to observe directly than supernovae. It is not clear what are the specific characteristics of the stars that will evolve into black holes. To find out it would be beneficial to have a model.

“Until now, only small portions of this enormous structure have been studied, but it is not possible to understand mass loss and how these large stars die unless we look at the entire region,” said University of Arizona professor Lucy Ziurys. .

More data will help us describe a better model of what these colossal stars look like. And perhaps, in the distant future, that model of what will happen to a red hypergiant can be tested. Which will be achieved when VY Canis Majoris eventually dies.

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