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Old 07-25-2010, 10:39 AM
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Default Most Massive Star Discovered.

Keep in mind that this star has the most mass of all stars discovered. VY Canis Majoris still has the greatest Solar Radius.









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Old 07-25-2010, 10:50 AM
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Awesome, but all I see is a blurry bunch of white dots. Don't know where they're getting all this information on it, but who am I to judge scientists.
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Im guessing they use some sort of technique where they measure how large is the force of gravity it's acting on other bodies. Plus, R136a1 produces half of the star cluster's radiation, which has 100'000 stars in it. They could work backwards from the amount of mass it's outputting and use the star's age to see how much mass it had in the beginning, my guess.
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Old 07-25-2010, 01:29 PM
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that's a huge ball!
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There's probably a relationship between mass and luminosity.
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Definitely, since R136a1 has the highest of both.
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Impressive
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Average size stars (2 solar masses, I believe), when they go supernova, can briefly outshine a galaxy, could you imagine what this will do?

The biggest one is R136a1, and the yellow one is the Sun.

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