3D Detailed Picture Of Rare Giant Star Sheds Light On How They Die

The VY Canis Majoris or VY CMa, which has been analysed by the researchers, is located 3,009 light-years from Earth.

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Tracing the molecular outflow around it, a team of astronomers have created the first detailed and three-dimensional map of a giant star. The team, led by astronomers from the University of Arizona, obtained an intricate image of hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris which shed light on the processes associated with the death of giant stars.

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Hypergiant stars are extremely enormous stars that are very rare and very few are known to be present in the Milky Way galaxy. While stars with lower masses tend to puff up after entering their red giant phase, hypergiants significantly lose mass forming highly irregular structures such as clumps, knots and arcs.

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