Godzilla Lives on Forever as NASA Designated Constellation
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Scientists found a perfect place in space for Godzilla based on the kaiju's own attributes. They considered Godzilla's famous heat ray attack and its similarity to black holes and neutron stars' gamma-ray jets when placing him among other gamma-ray constellations. His neighbors include other pop-culture icons like the Starship Enterprise, the TARDIS, the Hulk, and Schrödinger's Cat constellations.
Inside the Godzilla constellation are several possible blazars, a starburst galaxy, a gamma-ray pulsar, and an unknown object. A blazar is an active galactic nucleus that expels energy in a direction near Earth, causing it emit a bright light.
The Godzilla constellation, and other gamma-ray constellations, are mapped by NASA's Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope. Fermi is specifically tasked with gathering data to study black holes, the matter they absorb, and the matter they expel at a rate close to the speed of light. Fermi was first launched into space on June 11, 2008.
Source: ComicBook.com (Megan Peters)