The field around yellow hypergiant star HR 5171

HR 5171, the brightest star just below the centre of this wide-field image, is a yellow hypergiant, a very rare type of stars with only a dozen known in our galaxy. Its size is over 1300 times that of the Sun — one of the ten largest stars found so far. Observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer have shown that it is actually a double star, with the companion in contact with the main star.

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ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

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About the Image

Id:eso1409a
Language:en-us
Type:Observation
Release date:12 March 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1409
Size:7412 x 5484 px

About the Object

Name:HR 5171
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• X - Stars
Constellation:Centaurus

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Coordinates

Position (RA):13 47 10.91
Position (Dec):-62° 35' 23.23"
Field of view:124.43 x 92.06 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.6° right of vertical
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BandTelescope
Optical
B
Digitized Sky Survey 2
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R
Digitized Sky Survey 2
Infrared
I
Digitized Sky Survey 2

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