18 February 2007

NGC 2440

From The Guardian this morning a short article on the image below, captured by a camera on the Hubble space telescope. This is the star NGC 2440 expiring, apparently at an instant 4000 years ago. Because of the distance between NGC 2440 and Hubble the light is only just now being recorded photograpically. This is roughly what will happen when our own sun expires and the earth, like the planets in the vicinity of NGC 2440, is incinerated in the process.

In the news story the reporter claims that the image is 4000 years old. Actually the image is new, the event occured that long ago.

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