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The mtost magnetic massive star seen yet is dragging a giant cloak of trapped charged particles around it.
Image: An artist’s interpretation of a magnetar. Credit: ESA - Christophe Carreau
This newly discovered star, NGC 1624-2, could help shed light on what role the magnetism of stars plays in the evolution of stars and their galaxies.
NGC 1624-2, which lies about 20,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, has about 35 times the sun’s mass. Its hefty mass gives it plenty of fuel, making it bright and hot and thus likely to burn out relatively quickly after a lifetime of about 5 million years, or one-tenth of 1 percent of the sun’s current age at midlife.
The Mark of a Dying Star
Six hundred and fifty light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, a dead star about the size of Earth, is refusing to fade away peacefully. In death, it is spewing out massive amounts of hot gas and intense ultraviolet radiation, creating a spectacular object called a “planetary nebula.”
In this false-color image, NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes have teamed up to capture the complex structure of the object, called the Helix nebula, in unprecedented detail. The composite picture is made up of visible data from Hubble and infrared data from Spitzer.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA
It may be hard to imagine a planet blacker than coal, but that’s what astronomers say they’ve discovered in our home galaxy with NASA’s Kepler space telescope. (via Darkest Planet Found: Coal-Black, It Reflects Almost No Light
VY Canis Majoris is a red hypergiant star located in the constellation Canis Major. At between 1800 and 2100 solar radii (approx 2.7 billion km across or 1.7 billion miles), it is the largest known star and also one of the most luminous known. It is located about 1.5 kiloparsecs (4.6×1016 km) or about 4,900 light years away from Earth. Unlike most hypergiant stars, which occur in either binary or multiple star systems, VY CMa is a single star. It has an estimated period of 2000 days.
Its volume is almost a billion times that of the Sun, though its density is much less. Canis Majoris means big dog in Latin.
“It has an estimated period of 2000 days.”
I CAN’T EVEN BEGIN TO FATHOM HOW CRANKY SHE MUST GET.
Sunrise.. on mars.
That’s….that’s almost. I don’t know if people really understand how beautiful this is.
And like I said…I’m pretty sure only two of you have in anyway considered how unbelievably and truely historic and fucking DUDE THIS IS THE FUCKING SUNRISE FROM ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET. THIS IS THE SAME SUN WE SEE BUT FROM A DIFFERENT GODDAMNED ENTIRE FUCKING PLANET ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. CAN YOU GUYS PLEASE UNDERSTAND HOW FUCKING BEAUTIFUL THIS IS OR WILL YOU REMAIN PLACID IN YOUR IGNORANCE!? GO WATCH THE DEPARTED AND CALL IT ART IF YOU DON’T APPRECIATE THIS PICTURE, YOU FUCKING FASCIST PLEBEIAN HACKS.
I would like to see it from Jupiter
Still amazing as fuck though.
It would be hard to see from Jupiter, since Jupiter lacks certain features that Mars has, like a surface for example.
The Jupiter comment tho
LMFAO “Jupiter lacks certain features Mars has… like a surface, for example.” Yeah, that would be kind of difficult. How do people not know Jupiter is entirely made of gas, though? sheesh.
This is amazing, btw.
Jupiter probably has a rocky core, but it be goddamned hard to see sunrise through hundreds of miles of orange gas.
PS LOOK AT THE WEE BITTY SUN IT’S SO BITTY