Chubby, brunette Eunice Kinnison sat in a rocker, reading the Sunday papers and listening to the radio. Her husband Ralph lay sprawled upon the davenport, smoking a cigarette and reading the current issue of EXTRAORDINARY STORIES against an unheard background of music. Mentally, he was far from Tellus, flitting in his super-dreadnaught through parsec after parsec of vacuous space. E.E. "Doc" Smith, Triplanetary, Chapter 5: "1941"
Sunday, December 16, 2012
It's Hip to be Square
Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the so-called Red Square Nebula (the reason for the name is clear!). Almost as interesting as the shape is what might be...are we seeing a star that will someday go supernova?