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Star R136a1

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10707416

 

"They are among the true monsters of space - colossal stars whose size and brightness go well beyond what many scientists thought was even possible."

 

This is just awesome. I find myself fascinated by stuff like this. But what I don't understand is how come scientists thought there existance couldn't be possible?

 

 

Also a nicer name wouldn't hurt would it? :grindteeth:

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Scientists usually look for a ton of proof before declaring something.

 

On an unrelated note. What the hell did the BBC do to their site? I don't go there for a week or so and they change it. I am not digging the white space on the sides.

Edited by Xevan

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The reason this is a phenomenal discovery is because it changes the previously understood theories about how large a star can become before it either runs out of material and begins collapsing or reaches a sort of 'growth barrier' that seemed to be common-law.

 

Stars of this magnitude are incredibly rare now, but theoretically stars of this size were the general rule rather than the exception just after the birth of the universe. So naturally it is incredibly exciting to be able to study something that may show us how stars lived out their 'lives' (birth, growth, and death) prior to our universe being the way it is now.

 

Side note...I really liked the scientist's elephant analogy. :grindteeth:

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But there already are stars that are bigger that...

 

VY Canis Majoris, 2000 times larger than the sun.

Vy-canis-majoris.jpg

 

This one seems to contain incredible amounts of energy though.

Edited by theking1322

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But there already are stars that are bigger that...

 

VY Canis Majoris, 2000 times larger than the sun.

Vy-canis-majoris.jpg

 

This one seems to contain incredible amounts of energy though.

This one has more mass than VY Canis Majoris, but the diameter isn't as large.

 

I saw someone joking somewhere renaming it Canis Minoris :grindteeth:

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But there already are stars that are bigger that...

 

VY Canis Majoris, 2000 times larger than the sun.

Vy-canis-majoris.jpg

 

This one seems to contain incredible amounts of energy though.

 

 

massa =/= size :grindteeth:

 

 

and this one is blue while canis majoris is red; which means the new one is a lot hotter and contains more energy (if i'm not mistaken)

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Exactly. Normally stars of R136a1's size are much less dense and put off exponentially smaller amounts of energy.

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Exactly. Normally stars of R136a1's size are much less dense and put off exponentially smaller amounts of energy.

That's what I meant. I said that this one probably has a lot more energy, and since energy = mass.... you see where I'm going with this.

 

Either way, this star is still smaller than the ego of most Runescape PKers.

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Also a nicer name wouldn't hurt would it?
"Cthulhu Prime" would be AWESOME. Edited by Arianna

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