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Wray 17-96

The star in its gas hull was once thought to be a planetary nebula, but now is a good candidate for an LBV. The gas hull contains 10 - 15 solar masses.

Constellation: Scorpius
Distance: 15 000 light-years
Spectral class: B3
Visual magnitude: 17.8
Luminosity: 1.8 million * Sun

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01/23/2007

    Wray 17-96
In the center is the potential LBV with its nearly spherical nebula.
Photo: Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX)

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