VY Canis Majoris is 30 to 40 times as heavy as the sun. A red hypergiant 2,000 times bigger than the Sun, VY Canis is the largest star in the universe in terms of size.
To put things into perspective, if we could take VY Canis Majoris and put it in our solar system in place of the sun, it would stick out of Saturn’s orbit.
The VY Canis Majoris emits roughly 500,000 times as much light as the Sun does.
Its temperature is estimated at around 3,200 degrees Celsius. The distance between this star and the Earth is 5,000 light years.