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Proof of New State of Matter Is in the Jelly

05/11/2004 12:00AM

Proof of New State of Matter Is in the Jelly

Scientists to persuade reluctant fermions to bury the hatchet.

Stairway to heaven?

05/11/2004 12:00AM

Stairway to heaven?

Astronomers may not have observed the fabled "Stairway to Heaven," but they have photographed something almost as intriguing: ladder-like structures surrounding a dying star. A new image, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, reveals startling new details of one of the most unusual nebulae known in our Milky Way. Cataloged as HD 44179, this nebula is more commonly called the "Red Rectangle" because of its unique shape and color as seen with ground-based telescopes.