Illustration of Largest Known Star in the Universe

This is an illustration of R136a1, the largest known star in the Universe, which resides inside the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. By harnessing the capabilities of the 8.1-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile, a team of astronomers has obtained the sharpest image ever of this colossal star.

Credit:

NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. da Silva/Spaceengine

About the Image

Id:noirlab2220d
Type:Artwork
Release date:Aug. 18, 2022, 1 p.m.
Related releases:noirlab2220
Size:5120 x 2880 px

About the Object

Category:Stars

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