Friday, February 29, 2008


Meryl Yourish reports that NASA, with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, has managed to find the Eye of Sauron floating somewhere Out There, about 25 light-years away.

Eye of Sauron

The scary-looking Eye is really a debris ring around the star Fomalhaut. (Who comes up with these kooky star names, anyway?)

Debris rings are formed, presumably, when dust and small particulates are blown out during the formation of a stellar system. Which, I suppose, would make this the biggest Blown-Eye known to humans.

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