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Seeing stars: largest ever seen in the Milky Way

10 July 2013

A team led by Dr Nicolas Peretto from the Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy and CEA/AIM Paris-Saclay, France have made observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) giving astronomers the best view yet of a monster star in the process of forming within a dark cloud.

A stellar womb with over 500 times the mass of the Sun has been found — the largest ever seen in the Milky Way — and it is still growing. The embryonic star within the cloud is hungrily feeding on material that is racing inwards. The cloud is expected to give birth to a very brilliant star with up to 100 times the mass of the Sun

For more information and a full copy of the release, visit http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1331/

Dr Nicolas Peretto is available for interviews, contact him directly on 07551 042659 or 02920 875314