VFTS 682

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VFTS 682
The brilliant star VFTS 682 in the Large Magellanic Cloud.jpg
VFTS 682 in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Observation data
Epoch J2000.      Equinox J2000.
Constellation Dorado
Right ascension 05h 38m 55.51s
Declination −69° 04′ 26.72″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 16.08[1]
Spectral type WN5h[1]
U−B color index -0.35
B−V color index -0.58[1]
Distance 164,000 ly
(50,000 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) -6.83±0.12[1]
Mass 150[1] M
Radius 22[1] R
Luminosity 3.2 million[1] L
Temperature 52,200±2500[1] K

VFTS 682 is a Wolf-Rayet star in the Large Magellanic Cloud.[1] It located in an active star-forming region, at a projected distance of approximately 30 pc northeast of the massive cluster R136 in the Tarantula Nebula. It is about 150 times the mass of the sun, which makes it one of the most massive stars known. The existence of this evolved star of 150 M implies that it was previously more massive and thus more massive than the expected theoretical limits.[2] VFTS 682 is also very bright, at 3.2 million solar luminosities.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bestenlehner, J. M.; et al. (May 2011). "The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey III. A very massive star in apparent isolation from the massive cluster R136". Astronomy & Astrophysics 530: L14. arXiv:1105.1775. Bibcode:2011A&A...530L..14B. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201117043. 
  2. ^ Vink; Bestenlehner; Graefener; de Koter; Langer (2011). "Wind Models for Very Massive Stars in the Local Universe". arXiv:1112.0936v1 [astro-ph.SR].