Astronomers locate massive star, diminutive partner

03/13/2014 | Discovery

A vast yellow star, more than 1,300 times larger than the sun, has been found 12,000 light-years from Earth along with a smaller star that is physically touching the hypergiant as the two orbit each other. "The new observations also showed that this star has a very close binary partner, which was a real surprise. The two stars are so close that they touch and the whole system resembles a gigantic peanut," said Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur's Olivier Chesneau, whose team made the discovery.

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