Image of the Day: A Rare Yellow Hypergiant Star


This yellow hypergiant – a rare massive, short-lived type of star is posied to  explode as a supernova. The infrared image, captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope array, shows the central hypergiant, surrounded by two shells of ejected material with the mass of four suns in a span of a few hundred years. Although he hypergiant is a thousand times larger than the sun, it was not accurately  identified prior despite its bright glow.

Image Credit: ESO/E. Lagadec


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