Amazing Crab Nebula
The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova noted by Earth-bound chroniclers in 1054 A.D., is filled with mysterious filaments that are are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.
Liverpool lunar eclipse
A total eclipsed red moon seen adjacent to a Liver Bird atop the Liver Buildings in Liverpool. The total eclipse of the moon was expected to be one of the most colourful and dramatic in recent years but cloud threatens to spoil the heavenly show for many. * The latest weather reports indicated that people in Northern Ireland, western Scotland and Cumbria should have the best viewing conditions with hardly a cloud in the sky, but people in the south west and along the south coast, from Kent to Cornwall, are unlikely to see much at all due to heavy cloud.
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Science - A perfect cup of Tea - Tony Benn - Royal Society of Chemistry, London
Tea-lover Tony Benn is poured a 'perfect cup of Tea' at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in Piccadilly, London. *On the day before the centenary of the birth of George Orwell, a prodigious tea drinker, the RSC unveiled the correct procedure for making the perfect cup of tea to mark the occasion.
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