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Cartwheels In Space

An intriguing and totally unexpected wheel-shaped structure has been discovered by K. Taylor (Royal Greenwich Observatory) and D. Axon (Sussex University). Plates made with a 1-meter telescope show this curious dark pattern silhouetted against the Great Nebula in Orion. The circularity and neat set of six spokes make it seem a stellar UFO! No one knows its distance, age, or constitution. Speculation is that some interstellar winds may have created this artificial-looking object.

(Anonymous; "Cartwheels in the Sky," New Scientist, 83:804, 1979.)

Wheel-shaped structure in space

From Science Frontiers #9, Winter 1979. � 1979-2000 William R. Corliss