The Behemoth Has a Thick Belt
May 28, 2008
The position of the supergiant star WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way's neighbouring galaxies, is shown in this Spitzer image (left). On the right, an artist's impression is provided of the thick, massive torus of matter surrounding the star as inferred from observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer. This is the first time that MIDI resolves an individual star in a neighbouring galaxy.
Topics: Stars, Virgo Supercluster, Astronomy, Human Interest, WOH G64, Large Magellanic Cloud, Mensa constellation, Dorado constellation, Magellanic Clouds, Galaxy, Milky Way, Local Group, Very Large Telescope