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NASA shares image of celestial ‘lightsaber’ to mark Star Wars Day, leaves netizens in awe

NASA’s Hubble space telescope on May 4 shred an image of a Herbig–Haro (HH) object called HH 24 which lies about 1,500 light-years distant in the Orion B molecular cloud complex.

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Updated: May 6, 2021 4:27:02 pm
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Joining in on the celebrations of Star Wars Day, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently shared an image of a celestial ‘lightsaber’, which is now leaving netizens in awe. NASA’s Hubble space telescope on May 4 shared an image of a Herbig–Haro (HH) object called HH 24 which lies about 1,500 light-years distant in the Orion B molecular cloud complex, a NASA blog post said.

HH objects are bright patches of nebulosity associated with newborn stars.

“#MayThe4thBeWithYou! Hubble captured this view of a celestial “lightsaber” that’s called HH 24. But it’s not in a galaxy far, far away – it’s in our own Milky Way Galaxy, at a distance of about 1,350 light-years,” Hubble wrote on its Twitter page while sharing the image.

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For the uninitiated, a lightsaber is a type of sword whose blade is in the form of a powerful light beam or laser and are used by Jedi Knights in the ‘Star Wars’ films.

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Star Wars Day is an informal commemorative day observed annually on May 4 to celebrate George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ media franchise.

The date originated from the pun “May the Fourth be with you”, a variant of the popular Star Wars catchphrase “May the Force be with you”.’

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