Astronomers solve a mystery surrounding a too-large star
By Gregory Mone
Posted 05.29.2008 at 4:47 pm 3 Comments
The enormous star WOH G64 just got a serious weight reduction. The star is almost 2,000 times as large as our Sun, and it hangs out in the Large Magellanic Cloud, some 163,000 light years away from us. Until recently, scientists thought the mass of WOH G64 was 40 times that of the Sun. But that figure didn't make sense, since the star seemed to be way too cold for something packing that much matter.
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