A giant star has been spotted with “mysterious behavior” thousands of years away from us


Astronomers have spotted a bright giant star located 25,000 light-years from Earth, and its size is 100 times the size of the Sun. Scientists discovered that the giant star was 97 percent dim for hundreds of days, but slowly returned to its previous brightness.

The dimming associated with the star is caused by the planets orbiting around each other, or by the presence of a huge amount of dust blocking the light.

The scientist at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy, Lee Smith, described the star as if it had “suddenly emerged out of nowhere, after fading out in early 2012,” according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.

Scientists monitored the star with the help of the “VISTA” telescope run by the European Southern Observatory in Chile, where it was observing large numbers of stars, through their electromagnetic spectra.

Scientists named the discovered star VVV-WIT-08, and confirmed that it does not fall into certain categories, due to its variable behavior.

Scientists believe that observing this giant star will help them understand the nature and behavior of “flashing stars”, in addition to knowing their characteristics, how to develop them and their final fate, and the extent of their impact on Earth.


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