NASA released the image captured by the Hubble telescope
That isn’t a happy Pac-Man munching its way across the universe. Even still, in a recently published NASA image acquired by the Hubble Space Telescope, this remnant of a supernova explosion looks a lot like the popular video game gobbler.
The N 63A object is the remnants of a supernova — an explosion caused by a star imploding under its weight at the end of its life — located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMG), a nearby galaxy 163,000 light-years from the Milky Way and one of the few galaxies visible with the naked eye from Earth.
Several star-forming regions, or nebulas, can be found in the LMG, where large clouds of gas condense and collapse into baby stars. The supernova remnant is found in one of these stellar nurseries, surrounded by many stars, and this dense cluster of stars resembles the power pellets that Pac-Man consumes in the popular video game.
What are Supernovas?
Supernovas are known to trigger the development of stars and planets in their immediate surroundings by ejecting gas and heavy materials. According to NASA, the massive shock waves in this case appear to have slowed star formation in the region by dispersing the surrounding gas that was already forming new stars.
But, according to NASA, N 63A is still young, and once it settles into its ultimate configuration, it will likely kick-start its star-forming zone in the future.
According to Live Science, the Hubble telescope was out of commission for just over a month between June and July due to a mechanical issue that forced NASA to put it in “safe mode.” However, specialists were able to reset the satellite, which was launched in 1990, and it is currently taking incredible photographs of the universe.
On October 12, NASA’s Image of the Day was released.