Astronomers find a giant star in the heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find a giant star in the heart of the Milky Way

At 25,000 light-years from Earth, the star is 100 times the size of the Sun.

“It’s nowhere to be seen”: A few days ago, an international team of astronomers discovered an unusually large star, reports Patron. At the heart of the Milky Way, 25,000 light-years from Earth, this star is actually 100 times the size of the Sun.

The Vivi-WIT-08 was discovered by the Chile-based European Southern Observatory’s Vista telescope. If Cambridge astronomers have not yet discovered this, it is because this star is a “variable” star.

That is, the British newspaper explains that its brightness varies with time. Between 2012 and 2021 it lost 97% of its light. But in the last 100 days it has quickly regained its brilliance, which is enough to challenge scientists.

The presence of a planet or star surrounded by opaque dust may explain this temporary darkness. It will then act as an eclipse and make VVV-WIT-08 invisible from Earth.

Astronomers have found two other “twinkling” stars nearby, but exact information about them has not yet been obtained.

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