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The Largest Stars In The Universe

Updated on September 30, 2012


I came upon these videos a few weeks ago as I have always been interested in the size of our universe. Truth be told, I thought I had an idea of how big the universe was, but I was wrong. The videos below will give you a new perspective on the size of our planet Earth and the size of the universe.

The first two videos show you exactly how small Earth is compared to the largest stars known to man. It gives you a great perspective on the size of these massive stars. The last video is long in length, but it goes into great detail as you travel to the deepest parts of the universe known to man. If you have the time available, it is well worth watching. The statistics, sizes, and diameters are absolutely mind blowing.

Take advantage of this opportunity and travel the universe as you never imagined. All three videos have a great picture. This will give you an idea of how large the universe actually is. Learn all the latest information as we use the best of our technology to discover the universe.



The largest star discovered to this point is VY Canis Majoris. The size of this massive star is 3,640,000,000 KM. This is huge. For example, the Earth is 12,750 KM and the sun is 1,400,000 KM. Venus is one of the closest planets to Earth. We can actually see Venus from Earth with the naked eye. Scientist believe that Venus was more like Earth when it was first born, but now it is over 900 degrees. Mercury, which is the closest planet to the sun, has wild temperature changes. During the day, it burns at over 800 degrees. At night, temperatures drop to minus 275 degrees.

The sun is so big, the Earth could fit inside it one million times over. The surface temperature on the sun is over 10,000 degrees. But one day, the sun will burn out and die. Earth will follow soon after. Mars is the closest planet to Earth. Mars does have water, but it remains in a deep freeze. There is an ancient volcano on Mars, which is three times taller then Mt. Everest.

The total diameter of the Universe is believed to be around 93 billion light years. In total, 95% of the universe is made up of dark matter and dark energy. Dark energy is the cause of the universe expanding. 70% of the universe is made up of dark energy. Dark matter caused the expansion to slow. 25% of the universe is made up of dark matter. We know very little about dark energy and dark matter. The other 5% of the universe is made up of ordinary matter.

Technology has revealed that the universe is still expanding and had a beginning. From what we can observe from Earth, just in our viewing area, there is around 300 sextillion stars. It is very clear that we are merely a particle when compared to the universe. The size of the universe and the size of our largest stars are truly unbelievable. If you haven't watched the videos, please take the time to do so. They are remarkable. Thank you for taking the time to view this article.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Oceansider, thanks for taking the time to check this article out. These videos are quite mind blowing. So much space:) Glad you enjoyed them! Best wishes.

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      6 years ago

      Thank you for a well done article and the addition of the videos was great...I enjoyed watching them!


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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Unknown Spy, glad you liked it. Me as well. I love all the stars, planets, ect. Just all that space in the universe, mind blowing! I would love to make one trip into orbit, just for a quick view.

      *Max, I actually just visited you a few minutes ago. Thanks for everything, the mention, and link. I tell you pal, you did an incredible job Max. Your poetry is unique and you have a great gift. I am glad you are able to share it with the world! You knocked it out of the park Max. Just glad it inspired you. Watching these videos, it is kind of easy to get inspired. Thanks again Max!

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hey there, Ricky =) the history above shows, - it took me four whole weeks to get to the bottom (Nah. To the top!) of the things. I finally managed to put this thing together, here it goes -

      Again, credit goes to you for the startlingly impressive inspiration! =) (Hope, I did the trick LOL)

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This is so ahhmazing! Fantastic hub ever! I love outer space. My first dream is to become an astronaut :))

      Wanted to explore the endless horizon. I have collections of science and space books, stars, planets.. This hub adds to my vast collection of memory.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Very cool Max! I am glad you thank highly of it. The videos are mind blowing! It shows we can find inspiration in many places Max. When we are inspired, we can create anything. Well I will be keeping an eye out for your new poem Max. As I told you before, your writing style is like no other. Your unique, creative, and your poetry is on another level. No joke, Max has mad skills.

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      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ricky, you are awesome, you know it, right? This is the most fascinating hub ever! I am actually 'watching and reading' it over days now and it gave me a serious inspiration for a new poem, I am working on it now and I'll definitely give you credit for it! =)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Alastar, always great to hear from you. I was blown away when I heard about this new star. Just unbelievable. That size is on another level. It is wild just knowing how big the universe is.

      *Tonipet, thanks for taking the time to drop by. Your time and comment is greatly appreciated Tonipet.

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      I very much love stars and I stargaze a lot. Great to know the largest stars in the universe!... now my moments with them is going to be a lot more interesting. Just wondering if I'd ever determine those largest ones :=).. Thank you for the amazing hub.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What an interesting hub on the stars. Good reminder of how amazingly big they can be like with the million earths into the sun. VY Canis Majoris- wow is about all one can say there. Stunning info and facts here Ricky.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Ruchira, thanks for taking the time to drop by. I am glad it can be helpful. Always greatly appreciated.

      *Gottabegod, thanks so much for taking the time to come by. I agree. It blows my mind.

      *Hyp, always great to hear from you. Beautifully said Hyp. Everything is so perfect in the universe. The design of it all is unbelievable. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a fascinating and beautiful look at our universe. I am awed when I see these things and know it is all part of God's master plan. We think we are so important but are less than a speck in all this, however we are important to God. The absolute beauty of the stars and all that is out there makes me want to watch for hours. What a great job you did putting this Hub together.

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      Tracia Bussey 

      6 years ago from Southern USA

      I really liked this hub! Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting. How can anyone look at those amazing pictures and videos and not be completely awed!! Thank you for taking the time to create this hub!

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      6 years ago from United States

      my kid is learning about astronomy in school and this will be very interesting to him..will bookmark it for him to see.

      thanks thelyricwriter. voted up as interesting and useful.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you all for taking the time to check this article out. All of you make great points. When you watch the videos, it gives you a clear picture of how small we really are. With millions and billions of stars, there has to be life somewhere. The odds are actually very high. I can see why my science teacher was so involved with the universe. It really is very interesting. Thanks for your comments and for the share. Best wishes all.

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      6 years ago from Minneapolis

      I have watched these videos and this is a wonderful article. I think every human being should watch these videos to get a sense of what is out there.

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      Leena Martha 

      6 years ago from USA

      I believe that the size is all relative and as more powerful telescopes come into use, the universe will appear larger, if you will, for there will be more and better ways to observe it.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, both awesome and breathtaking - loved the videos and the information is mindblowing!

      Excellent work and voted up!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Philip Cooper 

      6 years ago from Olney

      Awesome hub and the videos are unbelievable. It makes one feel so insignificant. Voted up and I'm going to pin it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The videos are awesome. The universe is beautiful. I still wonder what all is out there to discover. I really enjoyed this hub..Thank you..

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was very interesting and amazing information about our universe,loved the videos as well,great job !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      6 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice article on stars and I like your selection of pictures and video.

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      As a retired science teacher, I found this to be interesting and informative. One of my hobbies is keeping up on the latest in astronomy. I had not seen the video Journeys. . . .Universe, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Voted up and thanks for sharing.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Awesome! I believe that the size is all relative and as more powerful telescopes come into use, the universe will appear larger, if you will, for there will be more and better ways to observe it.

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      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      I am sorry while the videos are very colorful and stunning, I look at it as I would a painting.

      As for dark matter and energy, as well as expansion, these are mere theories, and they will change over time.


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