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Stunning Image of VFTS 682 in the Large Magellanic Cloud

By Keith Cowing
May 27, 2011
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VLT Finds a Brilliant But Solitary Superstar
“An extraordinarily bright isolated star has been found in a nearby galaxy — the star is three million times brighter than the Sun. All previous similar “superstars” were found in star clusters, but this brilliant beacon shines in solitary splendor. The origin of this star is mysterious: did it form in isolation or was it ejected from a cluster? Either option challenges astronomers’ understanding of star formation.”

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