September 15, 2007

What the heck is Mira doing?

'Shooting stars' have made a comeback! Mira is hurtling at an astonishing 291,000 mph through the universe, seeding debris that will ultimately cause new stars and solar systems.

This stunning picture is actually a mosaic of several photographs. The "tail" of Mira is nearly 13 light years long. That's the amount of space between Earth and Pluto... 20,000 times!!

Check out the full details of this amazing phenomenon at NASA's official website.