Depicted is the fictional Red Hypergiant named Pyre as it moves into a nebula, incinerating gas with its intense radiation. Its size is such that if it were placed at the center of our solar system it would encompass the entire orbit of Jupiter. Such mind blowing sizes are typical of Red Hypergiants, who are nearing the end of their life. They stand on a knifes edge, burning fuel at unfathomable rates, approaching their ultimate end: a hypernova explosion and collapse into a black hole.

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This piece was supported by the amazing Patrons: Amorette Kwan, Michael Gerrior, Claire Leng, Morella Montressor