Artist's impression of HR 5171 A  (Image: ESO)
HR 5171 A  is over 1,300 times larger than our Sun (Photo: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2)
The VLTI combines the light from all four main telescopes and its four auxiliaries to image distant objects such as HR 5171 A  (Photo: ESO/H.H.Heyer)
The European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has spotted a massive yellow star with a diameter of more than 1,300 times the size of the Sun. The star is also a part of a binary system, with a companion star orbiting so close that it is actually in physical contact with the giant.
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