Gaze in Awe at This Fiery Pac-Man Shaped Supernova, Gobbling Stars

Snacky Supernova
There's a good chance that you have seen a cloud in the sky at one time or another and thought it was a real object. It just takes the right place at the right time and the right imagination.

This is the kind of serendipity that makes you best for a job. For example, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope can capture images of distant cosmos. They released an amazing image last week of supernova remnants. It looks just like Pac-Man eating up a lot of stars.

Stunning supernova remnant looks like Pac-Man gulping down stars (@SPACEdotcom) October 18, 2021

N 63A - OK has provided an image showing N 63A. This is the remnants of a supernova. It refers to the explosion that could occur in the last phases of a star's lifespan.



N 63A is found in a satellite galaxie of ours, in what is called the Large Magellanic Cloud. LMG is 163,000 light-years away from the Milky Way. It is not a supernova, but the aftermath, the mess that follows. Supernovas can leave a lot of heavy elements and gas all over, but NASA says N 63A is still very young. Its ruthless shocks are destroying ambient gas clouds rather than forcing them to collapse and become stars.

It does look a lot like Pac-Man chewing Pac-Man's power pellets. In this instance, stars would be the result.

Game Recognize Game

We have to make it clear: This thing is not actually eating stars. It's just made like it is. For those who are not in the best seats, Pac-Man is a name you should know.

Namco, a Japanese videogame company, released Pac-Man in 1980. A nine-person team created the character after Toru Iwatani, game director, invented it. The character was inspired not by a supernova hangover but by a slice of pizza. It has been a part of pop culture for over 14 billion dollars. Google even made it a Google Doodle.



It's not all bad, Hubble is back on track after technical problems that hampered it for a few months over the summer. Without an imaginative mind at the helm, a functioning telescope is worth nothing. It's not just Hubble working well these days. NASA must be commended for having the vision to see this and sharing it with the world.

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