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  • noun astronomy A star that is extremely massive and even more luminous than a supergiant.


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  • This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the composition of a monstrous disk of what may be planet-forming dust circling the colossal "hypergiant" star called R 66.

    Image Gallery 2010

  • Instead, she widens the frame to an astronomical scale of eleven, to show us our galactic neighbor, a hypergiant, intensely luminous blue star that seems well on its way to exploding into a supernova. source

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  • Disks encircling hypergiant stars may spawn planets in inhospitable environment

    February 8th, 2006 2006

  • The discovery was made through NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observations of two hypergiant stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud -- the Milky Way's nearest neighboring galaxy -- by a team led by Joel Kastner, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology

    February 8th, 2006 2006

  • "People had noticed this object glowing brightly before, but no one had identified it as a yellow hypergiant," says astronomer

    NPR Topics: News 2011

  • The entire body of the nebula - a yellow hypergiant "yolk" surrounded by "egg white" clouds of dust - sits about 13,000 light-years away from Earth.

    NPR Topics: News 2011

  • The fried egg - a massive star surrounded by a double, outer ring of gaseous dust - is the closest yellow hypergiant star found neighboring Earth to date.

    NPR Topics: News 2011

  • DNA and RNA, as well as ATP, an energy storing molecule hypergiant.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en] JacobB 2010

  • In this graph, or spectrum, light from the dust surrounding hypergiant R 66 is plotted according to its component wavelengths (white line).

    Image Gallery 2010

  • The hypergiant stars, called R 66 and R 126, are located about 170,000 light-years away in our Milky Way's nearest neighbor galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

    Image Gallery 2010


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