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Date: 07/21/10 06:30 PM

49 Responses to Astronomers Discover Massive Blue Star

  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Link: Astronomers Discover Massive Blue Star - 265 X the mass of the Sun & 10 million times the luminosity. Where`s your shades?
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    AlienPoison5 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    It`ll end up being like the "biggest star ever discovered" found in the late 90`s and ten years later be identified as a cluster of tight orbiting stars. If not, then holy %^$#! I have read and watched a lot about the maximum mass a star was supposed to allowed to have before imploding in on itself in the past years... and this size breaks all of their rules. Makes you wonder just how many things we have wrong :P
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    July 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    God I love astrophysics.
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    The_Garuness Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    What about VY Canis Majoris?
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    Off topic: Thanks for the push of content in the evening, Fancy.

    On topic: BIG BLUE STAR! Wooaahhhh! D:
    We can has first contact nao!?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:09 pm
    Sorry, I left my shades in my other solar system
  7. Profile photo of razlem
    razlem Male 13-17
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm
    @AlienPoison5

    It makes me doubt our laws of physics and Einstein`s theories. Back to square one!
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm
    This will be the biggest star for like... a little while. Just wait until the James Webb Space Telescope replaces Hubble in a few years. Holy crap will that be awesome!
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    @The_Garuness

    Mass is different than size.
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    The_Garuness Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm
    @razlem
    k. Just categorized them as `stars`
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    zoltrix_the Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    @razlem - Please explain how this is contradicting existing laws of physics and Einstein`s theory.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    are they sure of its distance? couldn`t it just be poking through the nebula (be on the other side) and actually be comparable to a blue-dwarf?

    how exactly do they calculate the distance the star is?
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    AlienPoison5 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm
    @IkeRay - For stars 100LY away or less, they use a method called Parallax, which uses the orbit of the Earth around our own sun. By noting the position at multiple points during our orbit we are able to determine the exact distance.

    For stars further than 100LY they use a method called Cepheid. You`ll need to google this one for a better explanation as it`s a lot more complicated, but it basically uses the different brightnesses of the star and its surrounding stars to determine the distance. Much more involved than that, though.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm
    awesome, i wish we lived by a blue star. obviously we would have to be a hell of a lot further away from it than we are from ours now.
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    deadmeat553 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm
    0_0 OMG!!! THEY JUST DISCOVERED WHAT HAPPENED WHEN GOD LIT HIS FART ON FIRE!!!
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm
    The universe never ceases to amaze.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    Holy Blue Balls that`s huge!
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    July 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    "@razlem - Please explain how this is contradicting existing laws of physics and Einstein`s theory."

    It was a joke >.>
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    Humunaha Male 13-17
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    July 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm
    Well This Star IS 165,000 light years away, so.. We must take into consideration what could have happened to this star already... How big is it now? is it still there?
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    CandyClown Female 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    Last statement of the article reminded me of the movie Pitch Black~
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    ysso12 Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm
    alien spider, the Cepheid method of measuring the distance to stars only works for Cepheids, there are other much more complicated methods of measuring the distance to stars that are further than a 100LY away
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    fiizok Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    Not terribly impressed. I got one for my birthday.
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    :O
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    i like these space posts
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    July 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm
    Woah! 10 MILLION TIMES THE BRIGHTNESS OF THE SUN!!! That must be almost as bright as my a*s!
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm
    Deadmeat I love you XD
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    iLoveChoo Female 18-29
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    July 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm
    I like how they named their big telescope Very Large Telescope. I also LOL`d at the limerick news comment
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    usernaem Male 13-17
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    July 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm
    "What about VY Canis Majoris?"
    VY is 1800-2100 times the radius of the Sun, but only 15-25 solar masses. This newly found star is only about 30 solar radii, and obviously 265 solar masses. So even though this star is a whole lot smaller than VY Canis Majoris, it`s much more dense.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 12:00 am
    @humunaha, 165,000 years is nothing to a star. i`m sure it`s basically the same as we see it now.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 12:58 am
    Wow, theres more than meets the eye!
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    beternal Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 1:28 am
    How can they tell how dense it is from this far away? - Just wondering...
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    Ozmose Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 1:36 am
    It`s funny to think that when we look at that star the image we`re seeing is 165,000 years old. It might not even exist anymore.
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    moscoworbust Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 1:40 am
    spectromogorfaffy
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 2:33 am
    "How can they tell how dense it is from this far away? - Just wondering..."

    its size versus its gravitational effects on surroundings, such as light.

    is this bigger than VY CMa?
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    fishyboy Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 3:30 am
    @ScottSerious, The length of a star`s lifetime is directly linked to its size, the larger the star, the faster it uses its fuel and the shorter its lifetime. Small stars, like our own, live for billions of years, where as a one of this size would use all of its fuel in a few million years. As such, in the last million years it is thought to have used enough fuel to have reduced from 320x the mass of our sun to 260x, so in 160,000 it will have shrunk even more.

    Also, as this star is outside our model of known stars and their lives, we do not know at what point the gravity of the star will overcome the pressure of the fusion reaction going on in its core - ie the point where it will explode. It is possible that it has already gone hyper-nova.
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    Scott_2150 Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 4:03 am
    The people who wrote that article clearly haven`t heard of VY Canis Majoris....
  37. Profile photo of fishyboy
    fishyboy Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 4:31 am
    VY Canis Majoris is around 30-40x the mass of the sun, where as this star is currently around 260x the mass of the sun. VY Canis Majoris is huge because it has a much lower density, and so its radius is about 2000x as wide as our sun.

    R136a1 is thought to have been around 320x the mass of our sun, and even at the currently visible 260x, it is still way over what was thought to be the largest mass a star could get to of 150x. Beinging so massive, the gravitational force its gasses exert would be so great that it would have to be much more dense than VY Canis Majoris, and even our sun.

    VY Canis Majoris is the largest in terms of dimension/radius, but R136a1 is by far the largest in terms of mass.
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    basketkase Male 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 4:44 am
    what took em so long
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 5:45 am
    neat stuff
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    bored-am-I Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 6:05 am
    size matters!
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 7:41 am
    Must be from Texas.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    July 22, 2010 at 7:48 am
    >>The people who wrote that article clearly haven`t heard of VY Canis Majoris....

    That overhyped gas-ball VY Canis Majoris is only about 20x solar mass. This one is 265x solar masses - close to the theoretical limit of about 300x.
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    OmgZelda Female 18-29
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    July 22, 2010 at 10:46 am
    Pretty
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    deepdarkshar Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    does anybody remember this, doesn`t really add up.
    The Size of Our World
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    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    July 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm
    I have just finished re-reading "A brief history of time". After years of discovery channel specials it seems a bit old fashioned and quaint but still a worthwhile read.
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    Steelgrid Male 30-39
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    July 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm
    ItsLance Armstrongs missing testicle!!!
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    Flashbomb7 Male 13-17
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    July 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    @Steelgrid More like Chuck Norris` 3rd testicle
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    July 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    wow...that`s REALLY cool looking....

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