New observations of the star using the SPHERE instrument on the VLT have clearly revealed how the brilliant light of VY Canis Majoris lights up the clouds of material surrounding it, and have allowed the properties of the component dust grains to be determined better than ever before. (Image:  ESO)

Hyper-Giant Star Reveals More of Its Secrets

The most detailed images have now been taken of the hyper-giant star, VY Canis Majoris, using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope. While the giant star prepares for its life-ending supernovae, astronomers have discovered new insights on the…