Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

How Long Does VY Canis Majoris Have Left?

  1. Sep 24, 2011 #1
    I read somewhere that the star is in its last stages of life, so is it true, that in its death throes, it ballooned up to the massive size? Or was it always that huge? Will we see the last events of the stars life, or will this take millions of years for it to finally burn out?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 24, 2011 #2

    Vanadium 50

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    Nobody knows.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2011 #3

    Chronos

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Millions of years, or maybe 2012. It is too distant to matter.
     
  5. Sep 25, 2011 #4
    It may have already died, we just have not seen it yet.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook