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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scientists find most massive star ever discovered

A team of scientists headed by Dr.Paul Crowther, who is a professor of astrophysics at the
 University of Sheffield, used archive data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the
 European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) to study 2 clusters
of stars namely the NGC 3603 and RMC 136a.
The largest star ever found, R136a1 is found in the cluster R136 and
the star has a current mass of around 265 solar masses and an estimated
320 birthweight
solar masses. The star is estimated to be a little over one million years old and is classified under the super-heavyweight stars category.

In this undated photo montage which you see below , which was
 released by  the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday July 21 2010,
 of the star R136a1 thought to be the heaviest star
ever discovered, hundreds of times more massive than the sun, scientists said 
Wednesday after working out its weight for the first time. Those behind
the find say the star, called R136a1, may once have weighed as much as 320 solar masses. Astrophysicist Paul Crowther said the obese star twice as
heavy as any previously discovered has already slimmed down considerably over its lifetime. In fact it's burning itself off with such intensity
that it shines with nearly 10 million times the luminosity of the sun.

This type of star is only found in the densest star clusters in the universe. To read more about this discovery please click on the following links:

Scientists find most massive star ever discovered -

You can see a 45 second video about this star by going to the following website:

Here is a video I found at Youtube concerning this discovery:
thanks to user logolou for allowing me to use the video.

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"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

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A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.