WEEK IN PHOTOS: Cheese Chasing, Doomed Star, More

WEEK IN PHOTOS:  Cheese Chasing, Doomed Star, More
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May 27, 2008—The unusual lobes of dust and gas surrounding the "doomed" star Eta Carinae shine with unprecedented detail in a new image taken by the European Space Agency's Very Large Telescope.

Eta Carinae sits about 8,000 light-years away and was one of the first objects the ESO telescope imaged when it came online ten years ago.

The blue variable, the most luminous star in the Milky Way, is predicted to explode within the next hundred thousand years.

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—Image courtesy ESO
 
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