The largest star in the universe may be smaller than we thought

The most massive star known in the universe just got the best close-up ever, and reveals that the star may be smaller than astronomers previously thought.

Astronomers using the Gemini South Telescope in Chile photographed the star R136a1which is located about 160,000 light-years from Earth in the center of Tarantula Nebula In the Large Magellanic Cloud A companion dwarf galaxy to the Milky Way. Their observations show that the giant star (and the like) may not be as massive as previously thought.

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