Thanks to the Hubble Telescope floating around the outer reaches of space, astronomers have discovered 9 -- that's right, nine -- enormous stars, each with masses that are 100 times that of our dainty little sun.
In a statement, NASA said this discovery is "the largest sample of very massive stars identified to date,” and the stars are not only f*cking huge but also "extremely bright." In a truly mind-boggling comparision, NASA said,
Together these nine stars outshine the sun by a factor of 30 million.
Thirty million? What does that even mean?!
Apparently, these superstars (heh heh) all live in the the cluster R136, in the Tarantula Nebula within the Large Magellanic Cloud. For those who aren't familiar with the hip neighborhoods of the universe, that's about 170,000 light-years away from Earth.
Paul Crowther, an astrophysicist from the University of Sheffield, told the BBC,
Because they are so massive, they are all close to their so-called Eddington limit, which is the maximum luminosity a star can have before it rips itself apart; and so they've got really powerful outflows.
In layman's terms, that's one huge f*cking star.