Today you’re going to read about some of the most bizarre stars in existence. The universe is estimated to have about 100 billion galaxies and roughly 100 billion stars are in each galaxy. With so many stars there are bound to be a few oddballs. Many of the brilliant burning balls of gas are fairly similar to each other but some stand apart as bizarre for their size, weight, and behavior. Using advanced telescopes, scientists continue to study these stars to better understand them and the universe, but mysteries still remain. Curious to hear about the strangest stars out there? These are 25 most bizarre stars in the universe.
Considered a hypergiant star, UY Scuti is so big it could swallow up our star, half our neighboring planets, and practically our entire solar system. Its radius is about 1,700 times larger than the radius of the sun.
The Methuselah Star
The Methuselah Star, also named HD 140283, really lives up to its name. Some have dated it back to 16 billion years old, which is a problem since the Big Bang started only 13.8 billion years ago. Astronomers have tried to use more advanced aging techniques to better date the star but still came to 14 billion years old.
First proposed as a theory by Kip Thorne and Anna Zytkow, the Thorne-Zytkow Object is two stars, a neutron star and red supergiant star, that combined together into one star. They discovered a potential candidate for this kind of star called HV 2112.
While UY Scuti is the largest star known to man, R136a1 is definitely one of the heaviest in the universe. Its mass is 265 times more than our Sun. What makes it so bizarre is we don’t exactly know how it formed. The leading theory is that it formed through the merging of multiple stars.
Most of the exoplanets in the solar system of PSR B1257+12 are dead and bathed in deadly radiation from their old star. The bizarre thing about their star is it’s a zombie star, or pulsar, that died but the core still remains. The radiation emitting from it makes the solar system a virtual no-man’s land.
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