ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has revealed the largest yellow star — and one of the ten largest stars found so far. This hypergiant has been found to measure more than 1300 times the diameter of the Sun, and to be part of a double star system, with the second component so close that it is in contact with the main star. Observations spanning over sixty years, some from amateur observers, also indicate that this rare and remarkable object is changing very rapidly and has been caught during a very brief phase of its life.
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The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department
12 March 2014
7 March 2014: ESO invites you to take part in the first edition of the Photo Nightscape Awards (PNA) — an international photo nightscape competition to celebrate astrophotography. As a partner in the competition ...