Look, if NASA says this is a space lightsaber, then who are we to disagree?

December 18, 2015 9:44 AM

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"Just in time for the release of the movie Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has photographed what looks like a cosmic, double-bladed lightsaber," writes NASA in a recent blog post. While some people might roll their eyes at this shameless piggybacking, who are we to disagree with America's favorite space agency, especially when the images in question are so damn spectacular?

The picture above and video below of this "cosmic lightsaber" are actually showing a section of the Orion B molecular cloud complex — a region within our own Milky Way galaxy some 1,350 light-years away — with a star forming in the center. The protostar's gravity is dragging the material around it i...

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