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The most massive star in the universe may be smaller than we thought

R136a1, the most massive known star, is located in the center of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
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The most massive known star in the universe has just received its best close-up image yet, showing the star may be smaller than astronomers previously thought.

Astronomers photographed the star using the Gemini South telescope in Chile R136a1which is about 160,000 light-years from Earth at the center of the Tarantula Nebula in which Large Magellanic Cloud – a dwarf companion galaxy of the Milky Way. Their observations show that the giant star (and others like it) may not be as massive as previously thought.

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