Largest Star Known To Man

Recently, scientists announced the discovery of the largest star known to mankind.

It was rather embarrassing because it was larger than the upper limit set by scientists in 2003. See http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/348/1/187.short

In the article referenced above, from the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, it was stated:

The observed masses of the most massive stars do not surpass about 150 M.

So this new star should not be any larger than 150 masses of the sun.

The name of the new star is R136a1 and has a mass of 265 suns.

Its too bad R136a1 was not a subscriber to the Monthly Notices because it would have known it wasn’t supposed to be that big.

 

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