TOP 7 largest known stars in the universe
Universe is a mysterious place that has been continuously expanding since the moment of the Big Bang. Our universe is about 13.8 billion years old and every second it expands by 186,000 miles (speed of light). It is estimated that there are over 1 sextillion stars/planets in the universe which is not surprising at all. Because of the expansion of the universe, this number keeps increasing yet only a tiny percentage is potential for any life to develop.
7. UY Scuti (755 times larger than the Sun)
UY Scuti also known as BD-12 5055 is a red supergiant located in the constellation Scutum. It is one of the largest star in the universe with a massive size. It is estimated to be more than 755 times larger than our Sun, compared to the Earth it is 740,000,000 times larger. This star was discovered in 1860 by German astronomers at the Bonn Observatory. Compared to some of the other stars in the list, it is pretty ‘close’ to us, only 5100 light years away.
6. HD 143183 (832 times larger than the Sun)
5. VY Canis Majoris (1420 times larger than the Sun)
VY Canis Majoris was discovered on the 7th of March 1801 by astronomer Jérôme Lalande. VY Canis Majoris is an extremely oxygen-rich red hypergiant that is more than 1420 times larger than the Sun. It is one of the largest stars known in 2020, that is over 3800 light years away. One light year is basically travelling for one year at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second).
4. RSGC1-F01 (1435 times larger than the Sun)
3. RSGC1-F02 (1498 times larger than the Sun)
2. Westerlund 1-26 (1530 times larger than the Sun)
1. WOH G64 (1540 times larger than the Sun)
WOH G64 is a massive star that is located in the constellation of Dorado. It is the largest star ever discovered and the size of it is over 1540 times the Sun which is even hard to imagine. It is extremely far away, in fact this star is the furthest away from us in our list which is approximately 160,000 light years away.