The red hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris

This chart shows the location of the very brilliant red hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris, one of the largest stars known in the Milky Way. Most of the stars visible to the naked eye on a clear and dark night are shown and the location of VY Canis Majoris is marked with a red circle. This star is visible in a small telescope and has a strikingly red colour.


ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

About the Image

Release date:25 November 2015, 12:00
Related releases:eso1546
Size:3338 x 3470 px

About the Object

Name:VY Canis Majoris
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable

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