Crazy though it looks - this thing actually exists! It is the first `Pinwheel Nebula',
Wolf-Rayet 104, and it is whirling around once every 8 months right now in the
constellation of Sagittarius.
Intrigued? Take a look at the WR 104 Web page for
explanations and animations
Another Pinwheel whirlygig in the night sky! This is another beautiful
colliding-wind Wolf-Rayet binary system. Details on the
WR 98A Web page
Not one star in a billion is a Wolf-Rayet. So where do you go looking
for one? Here might be a nice start - the spectacular Quintuplet cluster
near the center of our own galaxy.
More news is just breaking now (click here)!
The well-known association between youth and doughnuts
has been extended from people to stars.
Check out the LkHa 101 Web page for an
astronomically-sized appetite. Homer Simpson would be proud.
(You can download a medium mpeg or
small mpeg Movie of a
nationally-aired newscast (Australia's SBS TV) from February 2001.
This is another disk around a forming star. Why does it look elongated?
(hint: how would a doughnut look viewed from the side?)
Check out the MWC 349A Web page
Birth is a messy business. These images show a much earlier state
when stars are just beginning to form as dense clumps embedded in
big clouds of gas and dust.
W3 IRS5 Web page
If Symmetry is a sign of splendor, then the enigmatic and beautiful
Red Square is among the jewels of the heavens.
Is it a lava flow? Just a Splat? No - it is a dying star, but when they
go, they go down in flames.
Dusty Red Giant IRC +10216 puts on the show.
The The Red Rectangle
may be on the way out, but nobody could accuse
it of not leaving a good-looking corpse ...
Dr Peter Tuthill
School of Physics, University of Sydney
N.S.W. 2006, AUSTRALIA