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  • There's big, really big, bloody big, but this is much bigger

    Son showed me this image of VY Canis Majoris.

    Holy crap is it ever big. The image is such, that Sol is almost impossible to see beside it.
    Life is change. Built models for decades.
    Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
    I didn't for a long time either.

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    Roberta M. Humphreys (2006) estimates the radius of VY CMa is between 1800 and 2100 solar radii. If the Sun were replaced with such a star, its surface could extend to the orbit of Saturn. If we take its radius to be that higher figure of 2100 solar radii, it would take more than 8 hours for light to travel around its circumference.
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      Wonder how much LEGO you'd need to build that...

      Dr. S.
      Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.


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