NASA recently released a new image of a Pac-Man-shaped supernova remnant captured by the Hubble telescope.
Chances are, at some point, you’ve looked up at the sky and been horrified by a cloud that looks like something out of the ordinary. It takes place in the right place, at the right time, and in your wildest imagination.
This became more apparent when the Hubble Space Telescope just captured an image of the strange object that appeared. It’s the supernova remnant that looks like Pac-Man is gobbling up a bunch of stars.
Of course, this isn’t a hilarious real-life Pac-Man crisscrossing the universe. Even so, this remnant of a stellar explosion looks a lot like a famous Pac-Man icon from the video game.Pac-Man was released by Japanese video game company Namco in 1980 by a team of nine, after game director Toru Iwatani invented a character inspired by a pizza with a slice of pizza. cut from it. The game has raked in over $14 billion in revenue since its release, and is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces of the once pop culture icon. And now this iconic symbol has also become the focus of an interesting astronomical image captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
This new object, called N 63A, is actually the remnants of a supernova – a violent explosion caused by a star exploding under its own mass at the end of its life while in the Magellanic Cloud. Large (LMG) is located 163,000 light-years from the Milky Way galaxy.
In fact, within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMG) there are several star-forming regions where large clouds of gas condense and collapse into small stars. The supernova remnant is located in one of these stellar nurseries, surrounded by densely packed stars resembling the energy pellets swallowed by Pac-Man in the popular video game.
In this stellar explosion, powerful shock waves appear to have stalled star formation in the region by scattering surrounding gas that is in the process of giving birth to new stars, according to NASA.
From June to July, the Hubble telescope was down for just over a month after a hardware malfunction caused NASA to put it in “safe mode,” Live Science previously reported. But technicians were able to restart the device, the telescope was launched in 1990, and it is now back to take space pictures of the vast universe.