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European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere handout showing a stunning new photo of a Big Brother-style cosmic eye staring down at us from the depths of space. The bright blue pupil and the white of the eye are fringed by flesh-coloured eyelids - but this eye is so big that it light takes two and a half years to cross from one side to the other. Nicknamed the Eye of God, the amazing object is actually a shell of gas and dust that has been blown off by a faint central star. Our own solar system will meet a similar fate five billion years in the future.