The Sizes Of Stars
July 21, 2010
Using a combination of instruments on ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered the most massive stars to date, some weighing at birth more than 300 times the mass of the Sun, or twice as much as the currently accepted limit of 150 solar masses. This artist's impression shows the relative sizes of young stars, from the smallest â€œred dwarfsâ€, weighing in at about 0.1 solar masses, through low mass â€œyellow dwarfsâ€ such as the Sun, to massive â€œblue dwarfâ€ stars weighing eight times more than the Sun, as well as the 300 solar mass star named R136a1.
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