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Close-up photos of dying star

About 550 light-years from Earth, a star like our Sun is writhing in its death throes. Chi Cygni has swollen in size to become a red giant star so large that it would swallow every planet out to Mars in our solar system. Moreover, it has begun to pulse dramatically in and out, beating like a giant heart. New close-up photos of the surface of this distant star show its throbbing motions in unprecedented detail.

Close-up photos of dying star show our sun’s fate

Oh dear, another space related posting? Yeah I know it’s an artist rendering, but isn’t the story mind boggling and the picture beautiful?

Published on December 7, 2009.