Massive Star VY Canis Majoris - Visible Light

Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory, Kameula, Hawaii, astronomers have learned that the gaseous outflow from one of the brightest super-sized stars in the sky is more complex than originally thought.

The outbursts are from VY Canis Majoris, a red supergiant star that is also classified as a hypergiant because of its very high luminosity. The eruptions have formed loops, arcs, and knots of material moving at various speeds and in many different directions. The star has had many outbursts over the past 1,000 years as it nears the end of its life.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and R. Humphreys (University of Minnesota)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0703b
Type:Observation
Release date:8 January 2007, 18:20
Size:1274 x 1274 px

About the Object

Name:HD 58061, HIP 35793, VY Canis Majoris
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:3500 light years

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