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.
About the Image
|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|
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|Distance:||3500 light years|
Colours & filters
|410 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|547 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|Hubble Space Telescope|