Gi­ants of the Milky Way

DIG­I­TIZED SKY SUR­VEY 2, 25 NOVEM­BER 2015

Sky at Night Magazine - - EYE ON THE SKY -

This wide-field view shows red hypergiant star VY Ca­nis Ma­joris set against the back­drop of the Galaxy. The star is one of the largest known in the Milky Way and is in the cen­tre of the im­age amidst clouds of red hy­dro­gen gas. Also vis­i­ble is a bright star clus­ter around star Tau Ca­nis Ma­joris to­wards the up­per right.

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