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Shining Star for You to See

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014: Star AG Carinae (HD 94910) shines in this new image by Hubble Space Telescope. The star lies 20,000 light-years away, a member…Read More »

of the Milky Way, lying in the constellation of Carina in the southern sky. Researchers consider AG Carinae a Luminous Blue Variable, a massive evolved star that will one day become a Wolf-Rayet Star, tens of thousands to several million times as luminous as our sun. Stars similar to AG Carinae lose mass at an extremely rapid rate, blowing off mass in powerful stellar winds that blast up to 4.3 million miles/hour (7 million km/hour). HD 94910 cannot be seen with the naked eye as much of its output is in the ultraviolet.

— Tom Chao    Less «
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