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Daily cosmobite: the most obese star

A composite image of the Tarantula NebulaA group of astronomers suggest that a star in a cluster of stars inside the Tarantula Nebula is the most massive known. The star, R136a1, weighs in at 265 times the mass of our Sun.

A composite image of the Tarantula Nebula. Courtesy X-ray: NASA/CXC/PSU/L.Townsley et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI; Infrared: NASA/JPL/PSU/L.Townsley et al

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