Monday, February 19, 2007
Comets Clash at Heart of Helix Nebula
A bunch of rowdy comets are colliding and kicking up dust around a dead star, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The dead star lies at the center of the much-photographed Helix nebula, a shimmering cloud of gas with an eerie resemblance to a giant eye.
Take a closer look and read all about Helix nebula over at the Spitzer Space Telescope official site.
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Detail from Andy Warhol's "Brigitte Bardot," 1974.
A new phenomenon was observed at Contemporary Art sales in London last week.
Records were set for works by Peter Doig, Frank Auerbach, Gerhard Richter, Piero Manzoni, Alberto Burri and Francis Bacon while works by Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Roy Lichtenstein also fetched high prices.
Warhol's portrait of the French actress Brigitte Bardot bagged £5.39 million (that's roughly 10.5 million US!) points to new forces at work that auction professionals had not anticipated.
Read the rest: International Herald Tribune