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    Astronomers spy 10 billion trillion trillion-carat diamond
    The Associated Press\

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - If anyone's ever promised you the sun, the moon and
    the stars, tell 'em you'll settle for BPM 37093.
    The heart of that burned-out star with the no-nonsense name is a
    sparkling diamond that weighs a staggering 10 billion trillion
    trillion carats. That's one followed by 34 zeros.

    The hunk of celestial bling is an estimated 2,500 miles across, said
    Travis Metcalfe, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

    "You would need a jeweler's loupe the size of the sun to grade this
    diamond," said Metcalfe, who led the team that discovered the gem.

    The diamond is a massive chunk of crystallized carbon that lies about
    300 trillion miles from Earth, in the constellation Centaurus.

    The galaxy's largest diamond is formally known as a white dwarf, or
    the hot core of a dead sun.

    Astronomers have suspected for decades that white dwarfs crystallized,
    but only recently were able to verify the hypothesis.

    A paper detailing the discovery has been submitted to The
    Astrophysical Journal Letters for publication.

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    <NoSurrender@never.net> wrote in message news:nfet20hdalpp6ou1f76oo20qpft5f6bv12@4ax.com...
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    Some one will fork over $54 to the ISR and
    name it for Liz Taylor.

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    In article <jEzXb.5071$W74.1625@newsread1.news.atl.earthlink. net>,
    "Hilton Evans" <IHateSpam@DontSpamme.com> wrote:


    Sadly, the ISR has been running Valentine ads on all the stations in my
    local area... and, I suspect, in most other people's.

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    >Sadly, the ISR has been running

    Yes. Unusually sappy ones. "Remember how I called you my shining
    star?" "Yes." Well here... Open it!" "Oh wow! You named a STAR after
    me?!"
    I don't know how many times I've heard that...
    Marty


 

 

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