When you think of weight loss, fad diets and bathroom scales come to mind. The last thing you would think of is catching a giant star in the act of slimming down.
VY Canis Majoris is a red hypergiant star in the final stages of its life. One of the largest known stars in the Milky Way, it is 30-40 times the mass of the Sun and 300,000 times more luminous. In fact, this goliath is so large that it would encompass the orbit of Jupiter. But it’s shedding material and astronomers have been searching for answers.
I was so mesmerized by the images and video that getting this article written took quite a while.
Find out why this aging behemoth is losing weight, and what it means for the future.