Biggest stars in the Milky Way*

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Q & A -

1. VY Ca­nis Ma­joris

Size: 1,800-2,100 x Sun (so mas­sive that its light takes eight hours to travel around its own equa­tor) Dis­tance from Earth: 3,900 light-years

2. RW Cephei

Size: 1,535 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 3,500 light-years

3. V354 Cephei

Size: 1,520 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 9,000 light-years

4. KY Cygni

Size: 1,420- 2,850 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 5,000 light-years

5. Mu Cephei

Size: 1,260 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 6,000 light-years

6. VV Cephei A

Size: 1,050 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 4,900 light-years

7. KW Sagit­tarii

Size: 1,009 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 7,800 light-years

8. Betel­geuse

Size: 887 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 643 light-years

9. Antares

Size: 883 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 550 light-years

10. V838 Mono­cero­tis

Size: 380 x Sun

Dis­tance from Earth: 6,100 light-years

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