VY Canis Majoris (VY CMa) Facts:
- Is a single red hypergiant star (i.e. has no stellar companions).
- The largest known star in the universe with a size of 1800 - 2100 solar radii.
- Located in the constellation Canis Major about 4,900 light years away from Earth.
- Has an estimated period of ~6,275,000 days (~ 17,200 years).
Stars listed in ascending size:
- Eta Carinae & Nebula
- V509 Cassiopeiae
- Mu Cephei
- KY Cygni
- V354 Cephei
- Binary Star Cephei
- VY Canis Majoris
Image - Relative Star & Planet Sizes by Dave Jarvis (Wikipedia) (cc)
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