“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.”
“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”
“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”
“Disks encircling hypergiant stars may spawn planets in inhospitable environment”
“People had noticed this object glowing brightly before, but no one had identified it as a yellow hypergiant," says astronomer”
“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.”
“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.”
“DNA and RNA, as well as ATP, an energy storing molecule hypergiant.”
“In this graph, or spectrum, light from the dust surrounding hypergiant R 66 is plotted according to its component wavelengths (white line).”
“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.”
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