ESO/J.-L. Beuzit et al./SPHERE Consortium

Astronomers Spot Eye of Sauron

Have we stepped into the mythical world of Middle Earth? A new advanced imaging tool has captured a deep-space shot that looks uncannily similar to the Eye of Sauron from The Lord of the Rings. But have no fear, the all-seeing eye is just the star HR 4796A, and its fiery ring is merely dust and debris, Slate reports. About 270 light-years away from Earth, the star is one of the first images captured by SPHERE, or the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument, in Chile.

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