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April 15, 2007

Dying Star Bursts in Near-Perfect Symmetry

Topics: General Science News

Just in case you missed hearing about the newly discovered Red Square nebula:

Seen in the infrared, the nebula resembles a giant, glowing red box in the sky, with a bright white inner core. A dying star called MWC 922 is located at the system's center and spewing its innards from opposite poles into space. (A nebula is an interstellar cloud of gas, dust and plasma where stars can both emerge and die.)

... What is particularly astonishing about the Red Square, the researchers say, is the degree of symmetry seen in lines, or "rungs," that bisect its surface. The rungs appear as shadows, and their makeup is uncertain.

More on the Red Square nebula here ...

Cross posted from Hyscience

Posted by Richard at April 15, 2007 9:46 PM

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