WOH G64 is surrounded by a thick dust envelope of about a light year in diameter. This has three to nine times the Sun's mass of expelled material. It was created by the strong stellar wind. If placed at the center of the Solar System, the star's photosphere would engulf the orbit of Jupiter.
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