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This Terrifying Star Is The Source Of All Evil In The Universe

05/06/2014 12:23 BST | Updated 17/10/2014 15:59 BST

Space can be a beautiful thing. It can also be deeply scary as this image of a star proves.

Nicknamed 'The Eye Of Sauron' this is actually a ringed star known as HR 4796A and was captured by the astonishing new Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research instrument (SPHERE).

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First reported by New Scientist star would actually have never been seen without SPHERE as the camera's unique properties allow it to cut through light distortion, an issue that is unsurprisingly quite a problem when trying to capture stars.

Thankfully this isn't actually a portal to the other side, what it does show though is an incredible dust ring that orbits the star.

SPHERE has been attached to appropriately named Very Large Telescope in Chile where it's expected to capture a whole range of images that had, until now, been deemed impossible.

By being able to cut through light pollution and compensate for the Earth's atmosphere SPHERE can capture images of ultra-bright stars whilst revealing what surrounds them.

The hope is that the telescope will be able to reveal new orbiting planets and dust rings that had, until now, been obscured by the star's own glare.