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WR 102ka

This Wolf-Rayet star lies in the Peony nebula next to our galactic center. It is one of the brightest stars in the milky way and a good candidate for a soon to come supernova. It had originally at least 150 solar masses, from which it probably has lost already a considerable part. WR 102ka is hidden behind thick layers of dust and therefore is hard to observe.

Constellation: Sagittarius
Distance: 26 000 light-years
Spectral class: WN10
Luminosity: 3.2 million * Sun
Diameter: 100 * Sun

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07/16/2008

    WR 102ka
Photos: NASA / JPL-Caltech / L. Oskinova (Potsdam Univ.)

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