News and Notes – 4/17/2007

Rabbit roadblock. Five-thousand runaway jack rabbits closed the main highway between the capitals of Hungary and Austria for several hours Monday morning. The truck carrying the rabbits turned over when it was struck by another vehicle.

Dying star. Using the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Caltech’s Palomar Observatory and the Keck-2 Telescope in Hawaii, astronomers have taken some amazingly beautiful pictures of a dying star at the center of the Red Square nebula. The Red Square is one of the most perfectly symmetrical objects ever observed by scientists.

Red Square nebula

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