Largest Star Ever Discovered Compared To Our Sun

Submitted by: xCYBERDYNEx 6 years ago in Science

Say hello to VY Canis Majoris, currently the Largest known Star.
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Male 3
HELLO VY CANIS MAJORIS
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Male 25,416
Thats no moon....
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Male 8
"R136a1" is alot larger than VY Canis Majoris.
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Male 625
Vimto, I didn`t see any cake hooked up.
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Male 122
holy poo i feel very much more insignificant now
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Male 6,196
My God You mean Betlegeuse is expanding faster than Cristy Alley?
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Male 40,250

Betelgeuse!

Betelgeuse!

Betelgeuse!

sorry. everytime I hear that name I get the urge
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Male 2,862
Total Perspective Vortex.
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Male 621
I hate retarded styles of measurement. I don`t care about this post so much you could fit 3.2 billion, I don`t give a f*ck`s, in it.
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Male 4,902
@SlothOfDoom
Yes there are 2 conflicting opinions about the size, either way the size of these stars are really humbling when you think about it. Hell Betelgeuse is mindblowingly enormous in comparison to Earth. I just think it`s interesting to realize how small we really are.
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Male 4,902
@xiquiripat
Agree completely
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Male 4,902
@Everyone whining this is old news, no f*cking sh*t dumbasses. It was discovered long before any of us were born in 1801, no one said this was breaking news. It`s just a cool video, so quit b*tching about nothing and enjoy the damn video because it`s cool.
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Female 131
Beetlejuice was actually named after Betelgeuse. :)
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Female 1,589
Wait...they named a star Beetlejuice? As in after this guy?

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Male 269
But of course this is not real, because after all, the bible says the universe is only 6 000 years old
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Male 4,793
Seriously? IAB just now learning about VYCM? I`m ashamed. Also I have submited similar videos in the past.
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Male 1,745
if eta carinae is 5 million times bigger than the sun, and betelgeuse is 300 times bigger than eta carinae. that means betelgeuse is already 1.5 billion times the size of our sun. so vy canis majoris must be a lot more than "a billion times" the size of our sun.
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Female 515
I like this post...kinda similar.

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Male 599
My, my aren`t we the little atom now.
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Male 10
@ revolutioniz. true betelgeuse is about to go supernova, some say thats what the mians predicted for 2012, but we have no idea when it will go, it could very well be withen the next few decades, or another hundred thousand years(witch isnt very long in star age). personally id like to see it go, would be one nice sight to watch through a telescope.
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Male 1,360
now i feel even more insignificant
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Male 12,365
[quote]It`s Betelgeuse, and it`s expected to blow up soon, if it hasn`t already. The explosion would be visible from Earth during the day.[/quote]

True, but it`s soon on an astronomical scale, which covers tens of thousands of years. Maybe it blew up 500 years ago. Maybe it won`t blow up for another 100,000 years.

But this star isn`t Betelguese.
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Male 1,243
Mind boggling
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Male 10,440
This may seem impressive and all that with the size, but it doesn`t really look like that.

VY Canis Majoris is a billion times the size of the sun, but it is only 30-40 times as heavy, which of course means...

[quote] It has an average density of 0.000005 to 0.000010 kg/m3 [/quote]
Thanks Wiki!

For comparison, air has a density of about 1kg/m3.
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Male 910
Betelgeuse has been showing Pre-supernova signs for the past few years and is estimated to go supernova within the next decade.
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Male 6,196
I looked upon the heavens, and they were humbled :-P
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Male 1,646
WTF, i submitted this like a month ago... Bullsh*t
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Male 184
So? Big deal, Jesus can walk on water and poo.

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Male 2,422
There`s no science more humbling than astronomy.
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Male 178
My brain!! x_x
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Male 286
Psh VY Canis Majoris is the largest by radius, it`s all about my boy R136a1 -largest by mass....booyah
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Male 117
suhweeet.
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Male 1,678
Well ... I just found a new nickname for my penis 8-)
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Male 1,284
its just a drating huge ball of burning fart
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Male 2,376
mike rowe doing science? i like the bbc guy better.. an english accent for some reason make things sound more sciency!!!
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Male 2,790
that`s why i love the universe.


i`m never going to move away.
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Male 10,440
This may seem impressive and all that with the size, but it doesn`t really look like that.

VY Canis Majoris is a billion times the size of the sun, but it is only 30-40 times as heavy, which of course means...

[quote] It has an average density of 0.000005 to 0.000010 kg/m3 [/quote]
Thanks Wiki!

For comparison, air has a density of about 1kg/m3.
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Male 139
damn sun
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Male 56
It`s Betelgeuse, and it`s expected to blow up soon, if it hasn`t already. The explosion would be visible from Earth during the day.
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Male 155
i sometimes think we`ve found no other intelligent life in the universe simply because we`re too small! we`re like a bee buzzing in a stadium. @MrHoobToYou: Yes. Yes he does.
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Male 295
i think i shat myself at around 1:00 in
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Female 812
Something that big and we just discovered it....
Like not seeing the forest because of the trees I guess?
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Male 354
Fu*k, we are tiny.
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Male 3,285
The start of the movie `contact` gives you a better approximation of size.
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Male 1,685
good god`s urge!
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Male 405
Somebody named a star "Beetle Juice"? Also, does Mike Rowe narrate everything now?
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Male 280
That star`s powerlever certainly is over... oh well, you know.
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Male 868
Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire!

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Male 876
Mind... Blown...
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Male 206
Big Dog indeed...
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Male 40,250

Not true!
The largest star ever is Kirstie Alley


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Male 15,510
Where is your God now!
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Male 182
@ScottSerious

Apparently...
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Male 2,033
This star was discovered in 1801...not exactly fresh news here.

Also, the size of the star is actually in debate amongst leading astrophysicists.
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Male 594
1 Billion suns
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Male 535
Somehow - this reminds me of the time in Stargate when they blew up a star. That was a fun episode!

The universe is absolutely fascinating. Wish i could just jet around and see it all. =(
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Male 5,314
is this news to some people?
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Male 4,902
Link: Largest Star Ever Discovered Compared To Our Sun [Rate Link] - Say hello to VY Canis Majoris, currently the Largest known Star.
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