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If the sun is a medium sized star, then what is the size and name of the largest size star and the smallest?

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One of the largest (in physical size) stars is the red supergiant Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion. It has a diameter 500 to perhaps 750 times that of the Sun. One of the most massive stars is the variable star called Eta Carinae, with a mass of about 200 solar masses. The Guiness Book of World Re cords lists a white dwarf named L362-81 as the smallest star in size; its diameter is estimated to be only about 3500 miles, or about the same size as the planet Mercury. The star with the smallest mass (again, according to Guiness) is designated RG 0058.8-280 7; its mass is only 0.014 solar mass (it is also the faintest known star).

RC Winther



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