News Flash: Reindeer Got Run Over by a Gamma!

WR104 is the name of a Wolf-Rayet Star that was discovered in 2010 by a team of Australian astronomers. WR104 is near the end of its life, when it will explode in a violent supernova. It is positioned such that Earth may be in danger when it explodes.

 

“If such a gamma-ray burst happens, we really do not want Earth to be in the way,” he said. “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.” Peter Tuthill in a recent magazine article .

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