10 March 2008
Eat Gamma Ray Death, Earthlings!
A beautiful pinwheel in space might one day blast Earth with death rays, scientists now report.
"I used to appreciate this spiral just for its beautiful form, but now I can't help a twinge of feeling that it is uncannily like looking down a rifle barrel," said researcher Peter Tuthill, an astronomer at the University of Sydney.
Since it is 8,000 light years away, that pic is of the stars as they were 8,000 years ago. The supernova could have happened already and we won't know it until we're zapped.