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Photo: The universe, over easy

Astronomers have used European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope to image a rare yellow hypergiant star called IRAS 17163-3907. Its diameter is about a thousand times bigger than our Sun and shines more than 500,000 times brighter. It is the closest yellow hypergiant found to date at approximately 13,000 light-years from Earth. The star and its shells resemble an egg white around a yolk center, leading it to be nicknamed the Fried Egg Nubula. Photo: ESO/E. Lagadec

 
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