That’s probably the first thing you’ll associate the brilliant new image with, if of course you’re a Star Wars fan. The Hubble Space Telescope shot something so extremely amazing, that you’d almost want to experience the phenomenon live. But anything “space” has to be associated with Star Wars one way or the other, and that’s exactly what European Space Agency (ESA) is doing. They are comparing the newly released image to a Darth Maul’s double-bladed lightsaber from Star Wars. A press release from ESA writes,
Bearing a striking resemblance to Darth Maul’s double-bladed lightsaber in ‘Star Wars Episode One,’ the spectacular twin jets of material slicing across this incredible image are spewing out from a newly formed star that is obscured from view, cloaked by swirling dust and gas.
Of course, comparing the phenomenon to a lightsaber is one thing, but what’s really happening is something on another level. What you’re looking at below, is a the birth of a new star.
Material sometimes collapses into a flat disc shape inside giant cloud of dust and gas. That disc forms around what’s called a protostar. The said protostar is fed by the gases from the disc until a brand new star is formed upon which energized gas is released flying in opposite directions. The press release further read,
The Force is strong with these twin jets; their effect on their environment demonstrates the true power of the Dark Side with a blast stronger than on from a fully armed and operational Death Star battle station.
Stronger than Death Star? That’s for you to decide. That being said, let’s take a moment to appreciate what actually is going on and when you’re done, let us know if you think if it’s cooler than a lightsaber or way cooler than a lightsaber.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.