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What is the biggest star?

What is the biggest star?
Jack from Stockton on Tees (Aged 5-14)


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  1. We’re not sure exactly how big the biggest star is, but we suspect some stars might be about 100 to 150 times larger than the Sun. Once a star gets this large it is so hot, and produces so much energy, that it is almost blowing itself apart all of the time. And if a star got any bigger we think it would blow itself apart, so this is as big as stars probably get.

    The Hubble Space Telescope has pictures of the Pistol Star and eta Carina (http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/star_collection/pr1997033a/ and http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/star_collection/pr1994009a/) which we think are two of these incredibly huge stars about to blow themselves apart.

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