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Hubble peers into the Great Eye of Sauron

February 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm by Calisuri  - 

Hubble Eye of SauronWhile this story is a few years old, it is pretty cool – so for those whom have not seen it before – this is ‘new to you!’

A spectacular, luminous ring offers the best evidence yet that a nearby star is circled by a newly formed solar system.

The ring is composed of dust particles in orbit around Fomalhaut, a bright star located just 25 light years away in the constellation Pisces Australis – or the Southern Fish. A recent image captured with the Hubble Space Telescope – which makes the system look uncannily like the Great Eye of Sauron from the blockbusting Lord of the Rings trilogy – confirms that Fomalhaut’s ring is curiously offset with respect to the star.

Read the full story and see a larger image over at The Register. Thanks to Smeagirl for the heads up! [Read More]

Posted in Lord of the Rings, Tolkien on February 22, 2008 by
Source: NewScientist Hubble peers into the Great Eye of Sauron | Discuss

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