2009-12-03

Hottest star in the galaxy pictured for the first time

One of the hottest stars in the galaxy has been discovered by astronomers.

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The dying star at the centre of the Bug Nebula is 35 times hotter than the sun with a surface temperature of 200,000 degrees.

This is the first time the star has been pictured despite numerous attempts by stargazers across the world.

Astronomers at The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics were amazed to find they had captured the central star using the recently refurbished Hubble Space Telescope.

The Bug Nebula is about 3500 light years away in the constellation Scorpius.

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