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WOH G64

WOH G64 is a red supergiant in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which has formed a thick dust torus around itself. This consists of ejected material of the stellar hull and has a diameter of 30 000 AU. The supergiant, which has already lost much of its initial 25 solar masses, seems to be about to explode as a supernova soon, i.e. in a few thousand years.

Constellation: Dorado
Distance: 163 000 light-years
Spectral class: M5 - M7
Luminosity: 280 000 * Sun
Mass: 16-22 * Sun
Diameter: 2000 * Sun

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05/27/2008

    WOH G64
Photo: NASA, Spitzer Satellite, SAGE Team

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