The Universe’s Biggest Star May Be Smaller Than We Thought

R136a1, the most massive known star, is located in the center of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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The universe’s most massive star has gotten its best close-up yet, revealing that the star may be smaller than previously thought by astronomers.

Astronomers using the Gemini South telescope in Chile photographed the star R136a1located at its center, about 160,000 light-years from Earth Tarantula Nebula inside Large Magellanic Cloud — A dwarf companion galaxy of the Milky Way. Their observations suggest that the giant star (and others like it) may not be as large as previously thought.

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