One of the most massive stars in local universe may have disappeared

Read more on this subject: Space Travel and Exploration
News Story Source:, By Anthony Wood
It is possible that the star collapsed into a black hole without first triggering a supernova – a rare event, even in the context of dying stars.

The errant star is, or was, located in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy in the constellation of Aquarius, some 75 million light-years from Earth. At such vast distances, it isn't possible to clearly see individual stars. However truly massive stars – such as the one at the center of the new study – shine so brightly that they leave evidence of their presence in the form of a light signature, that tells astronomers that they're there.

In the future, astronomers will be able to make more detailed studies of individual stellar bodies hiding in distant dwarf galaxies like Kinman using the ESO's upcoming Extremely Large Telescope, which is slated for completion in the year 2025.

Luminous blue variable stars are enormous by the standards of our Sun, and shine incredibly brightly. However, magnificent
Read More or Make a Comment

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.