NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spots ‘light saber’ more than 1,350 light years away

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The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image that looks very similar to a double-ended light saber, according to NASA.

NASA released the image right as ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ premiered in theaters. They teased the image by saying “this celestial light saber does not lie in a galaxy far, far away, but rather inside our home galaxy, the Milky Way.”

They said the figurative light saber is located about 1,350 light years away from Earth.

NASA explains that the image is of a new star that is just developing and as the material within the star collapses it turns into a disk that rotates around the star.

They go on to explain why the star looks like a light saber:

Though planets will later congeal in the disk, at this early stage the protostar is feeding on the disk with a Jabba-like appetite. Gas from the disk rains down onto the protostar and engorges it. Superheated material spills away and is shot outward from the star in opposite directions along an uncluttered escape route — the star’s rotation axis.

Shock fronts develop along the jets and heat the surrounding gas to thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. The jets collide with the surrounding gas and dust and clear vast spaces, like a stream of water plowing into a hill of sand. The shock fronts form tangled, knotted clumps of nebulosity and are collectively known as Herbig-Haro (HH) objects. The prominent HH object shown in this image is HH 24.

The telescope was able to capture the image in infrared light, allowing the telescope to see through the gas and dust around the new star.