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Eta Carinae

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Saturday, August 25, 2007 2:12 AM
This is cool! Apparently there is a remote chance that we will be annihilated by this object sometime in the not-too-distant future!
This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of Eta Carinae, one of the most massive stars known. Eta Carinae is located approximately 7,500 light-years from Earth. The two immense lobes of dust & gas are believed to be a result of a "false supernova" which was observed from Earth in 1843 (so I guess the real event happened around 5660 B.C.?).
What's interesting is that astrophysicists believe that Eta Carinae is about to go HYPERNOVA! Actually, this might have already happened- we just haven't seen it yet! By the time the light from the hypernova reaches us, so would the deadly GAMMA RAYS!!!
Or maybe not... here are some links to the full story: (Sorry, you may have to copy & paste to address bar)

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