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I'm fascinated by Wolf-Rayet stars and want to know more about them. Are some of them observable with a small (4-inch) telescope?

PETE STINGLEY, REEDSPORT, OREGON
Wolf-Rayets (WR) are hot, young, massive, luminous stars with vigorous stellar winds. They are also rare. Astronomers have identified only 226 in our galaxy and estimate the Milky Way may hold as few as 1,000. Despite these low numbers, WR stars play an important role in the galaxy's physical and chemical evolution. WR stars have typical masses around 20 times greater than the Sun's and probably represent the last stage in the evolution of massive O-type stars. WR stars likely end their lives as...

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