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Top 5 Largest Stars In The Universe

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VY Canis Majoris
5,000 light-years from the Earth



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.

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  1. Dave Taylor

    “VY Canis is the largest star in the universe in terms of size”. Right! Maybe the largest known in the Milky Way. There are only about 400 billion galaxies in the known universe (a number that continues to grow), of which the Milky Way is the only one in which we can discern individual stars, so be careful how you state it.


    • CosmosUp

      We are sorry, it’s true, the title is a misleading one. We cannot possibly know whether these stars are the biggest in the universe…


    • Michael

      It’s tge largest star found to date in the KNOWN universe.


  2. Swilly billy

    The biggest star is canis

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