Artist’s impression of the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171

This artist’s animation shows the yellow hypergiant star HR 5171. This is a very rare type of star and only a dozen are known in our galaxy. Its size is over 1300 times that of the Sun — one of the ten biggest 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.

Credit:

ESO

About the Video

Id:eso1409a
Language:en-us
Release date:12 March 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1409
Duration:31s

About the Object

Name:HR 5171 A
Type:• X - Stars

HD


Large

Large QT
4.8 MB

Medium

Video Podcast
2.5 MB
Medium MPEG-1
12.4 MB
Medium Flash
4.2 MB

Small

Small Flash
1.7 MB
Small QT
1.1 MB

For Broadcasters

Broadcast SD
158.2 MB

Also see our