Wray 17-96

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Wray 17-96
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Scorpius
Right ascension 17h 41m 35.2s
Declination −30° 06′ 39.6″
Apparent magnitude (V) +17.8
Spectral type B3
Distance 15000 ly
Luminosity 1,800,000 L
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Wray 17-96 is a very luminous star in the Scorpius constellation, about 15,000 light-years (4.6 kpc) away. Likely a luminous blue variable (LBV), it has an absolute bolometric magnitude of −10.9 (1.8 million solar units),[1] making it one of the most luminous stars known. Wray 17-96 is also notable for its gas shell, once thought to be a planetary nebula.


  1. ^ Egan, Michael P. et al. (2002). "An Infrared Ring Nebula around MSX5C G358.5391+00.1305: The True Nature of Suspected Planetary Nebula Wray 17-96 Determined via Direct Imaging and Spectroscopy". The Astrophysical Journal 572 (1): 288. Bibcode:2002ApJ...572..288E. doi:10.1086/340222. 

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