Friday, March 11, 2005

Maximum weight for stars discovered

According to an article in USA Today, astronomers using the Hubble space telescope seem to have discovered the maximum weight a star can theoretically achieve - to be exact, about 150 times the mass of our own sun. Says Stanford Woosley of the University of California at Santa Cruz, concerning such big stars: "They live short, extravagant lives and go out with a big bang." Hey, kind of like my prom date!