VY Canis Majoris

VY Canis Majoris is the largest known star. Most of the information surrounding it is very recent and as such all of these are recent articles of astronomer's findings on this current and ongoing topic.

What is the Biggest Star in the Universe?

Scientists may not know that answer, but the biggest known star, VY Canis Majoris, is really huge. Check out this article for size comparisons, pictures, and links to videos that show just how big this star is. From 2008.



The article talks about Arizona scientists discoveries related to VY Canis Majoris. Combining the fields of astronomy and biology, Arizona scientists have discovered that certain molecular compounds needed for the formation of life are found being formed in the VY Canis Majoris. The article is from July 23, 2007.


Astronomers Map a Hypergiant Star's Massive Outbursts

VY Canis Majoris is at the end of its lifespan, and is emitting massive outbursts of gas. The observations are using the Hubble Space Telescope. Read the article to find out more about it. The article came out January 8, 2007.

Herschel telescope 'fingerprints' colossal star

Americans aren't the only astronomers in the world. This article discusses the latest findings of Europe's largest telescope, the Herschel space telescope, in this very recent article that came out November 27, 2009 that covers many topics about the red giant star.



The article discusses how the outflow around the star from its bursts are so powerful that is has created a gas cloud around it that hides much of the actual star, making conversations more difficult. This is the oldest article and the only one that hasn't come out in the last 3 years.