…or a girl or maybe both. Depends on how you like to name your stars.
The new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array) telescope in Chile is already paying dividends to scientists. Using the most powerful radio telescope in the world has been watching a stellar nursery about 10,000 light years away. The nursery has over 500 times the mass of the Sun, and scientists are watching it collapse and form one or more stars.
The star being formed from the cloud is expected to give birth to at least one star 100 times more massive than the Sun and up to a million times brighter. For comparison, the most massive star currently is R136a1, located in the Tarantula Nebula in the constellation Dorado, at 265 solar masses. It is a blue hyper-giant star and so far is the most luminescent object known meaning it produces more light than any other known star.
Unlike our Sun, which should burn brightly for another 5 billion years or so, hyper-giants have a lifespan of only a few million years.
Which gives new meaning to the phrase: “it’s better to burn out than to fade away!“
So most like
– Ex astris, scientia –
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