n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Discovery of a new "luminous blue variable" star : news note

Volume 74, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Dr A. Kniazev from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), and collaborators from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Dr. V. Gvaramadze and Dr. L. Berdnikov have recently discovered a new example of an incredibly rare kind of star known as a Luminous Blue Variable (LBV). Out of the billions of stars mapped in our skies, only sixteen confirmed LBVs are known to date. The star, named WS1, is the latest addition to this group. LBV stars are of interest because they are extremely old and may soon die and blow apart as supernovas.

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