Astronomy Picture Of The Weekend #5

How massive can a normal star be? Estimates made from distance, brightness and standard solar models had given one star in the open cluster Pismis 24 over 200 times the mass of our Sun, making it one of the most massive stars known. This star is the brightest object located just above the gas front in the featured image. Close inspection of images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, however, have shown that Pismis 24-1 derives its brilliant luminosity not from a single star but from three at least. Continue reading Astronomy Picture Of The Weekend #5

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William Shakespeare’s Most Memorable Quotes

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including collaborations, consist of approximately 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Continue reading William Shakespeare’s Most Memorable Quotes

The Forgotten Beauty Of Abandoned Buildings

Germany-based freelance photographer Matthias Haker has a special artistic interest in exploring the architectural nuances of the many abandoned buildings that he comes across. From decaying ballrooms to forsaken hotel lobbies ostentatiously missing their guests, through his vivid imagery Haker restores a sense of dignity to each of the decrepit structures. Upon initial glance his photographs almost appear like paintings, as he highlights the abstract beauty that can be found within the layers of the degenerating architecture. Amazing, right? Continue reading The Forgotten Beauty Of Abandoned Buildings