Massive Star in the Large Magellanic Cloud

Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) discovered of a very massive, isolated star, called VFTS 682, in the Large Magellanic Cloud.The star VFTS 682 is one of the more massive stars ever known, because it is about 150 times the mass of the Sun. But the major surprise is that the star lies on its own and is not a member of a dense star cluster.An international team of astronomers in their study used atelescope VLT ESO. Star VFTS 682 was discovered earlier in the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070, another designation ESO 57-EN6). Tarantula Nebula is part of the galaxy of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

The new studies show that the star VFTS 682 is nearly a twin of one of the brightest superstars R136a1, which  is in the center of   the star cluster R 136. It’s possible that the star VFTS 682 could be formed in this cluster, and then “fly” out under the influence of the attraction of other celestial bodies, although it is quite unusual for such a large massive stars.