'Eye of God', a New Space Marvel

Posted by Prem Godara | 3/01/2009 01:19:00 AM | | 2 comments »

A stunning new photo taken by astronomers shows a Big Brother-style cosmic eye, nicknamed the “Eye of God”, staring down from space. The photo was taken with a huge telescope at the European Southern Observatory, on a mountain top at La Silla in Chile.

Eye of God

The Helix nebula is a sun-like star and is in its final explosion stage before it retires into a white dwarf.

According to a report in New Scientist, the amazing object is actually a shell of gas and dust that has been blown off by a faint central star. Our own solar system will meet a similar fate five billion years in the future.

Helix nebula is about 700 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius.

It has been studied in much more detail than other planetary nebulae due to its relatively close proximity to Earth.

Although the shape of the Helix resembles a doughnut, scientists believe it consists of at least two separate discs with outer rings and filaments.

The main ring is about two light years across, which equates to about half the distance between the Sun and its nearest star.



2 comments

  1. Lidia // March 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

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  2. zplits // March 8, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

    that was astonishing. whew! Even just for that picture, you can say that there's a mighty and all powerful GOD who created it

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