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W-R star

noun, Astronomy

Wolf-Rayet star

[woo lf-rahy-ey; French vawlf-ra-ye] /ˈwʊlf raɪˈeɪ; French vɔlf raˈyɛ/
a very hot (35,000–100,000 K) and luminous star in the early stages of evolution, with broad emission lines in its spectrum.
Also called W-R star.
1885-90; after French astronomers Charles J. E. Wolf (1827-1918) and Georges Rayet (1839-1906) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for w r star

Wolf-Rayet star

any of a small class of very hot intensely luminous stars surrounded by a rapidly expanding envelope of gas
Word Origin
C19: named after Charles Wolf (1827–1918) and Georges Rayet (1839–1906), French astronomers
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Encyclopedia Article for w r star

Wolf-Rayet star

any of a class of extremely hot, white stars having peculiar spectra thought to indicate either great turbulence within the star or a steady, voluminous ejection of material. A typical Wolf-Rayet star is several times the diameter of the Sun and thousands of times more luminous. Only a few hundred are known, located mostly in the spiral arms of the Milky Way Galaxy. The type was first distinguished in 1867 by the French astronomers Charles-Joseph-Etienne Wolf and Georges-Antoine-Pons Rayet.

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