Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time obtained a three-dimensional view of the distribution of the innermost material expelled by a recently exploded star. The original blast was not only powerful, according to the new results. It was also more concentrated in one particular direction. This is a strong indication that the supernova must have been very turbulent, supporting the most recent computer models.
That is a fabulous image, but I love "Very Large Telescope" for a name. It might lack poetry, but it does do exactly what it says on the tin.