NASA Released An Incredible 3D Tour Of Cosmic Lightsabers


If anyone needed proof that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the biggest movie in the galaxy, the proof is in the galaxy itself.

Images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope have revealed what appears to be an incredibly large, double-edged light saber about 1,350 light years away on the other side of the Milky Way, near the Orion constellation. 

The "light sabers" are actually superheated emission jets shooting out of an object called HH 24. Eventually, the hot cloud of gas and dust swirling around will cool to form a planetary system to surround the star, which is currently hidden. 

In addition to looking like one of the most iconic weapons in all of science fiction, these jets are cool because only a few of them have ever been detected in infrared. The James Webb Telescope, set to replace the Hubble, will likely study it in greater detail, as it will have better technology to do so.

In honor of Episode VII's premiere, NASA put together a pair of videos to provide a virtual tour that flies through Orion to HH 24, which can be seen here:

The next video from NASA is a short clip, but it gives an incredible -D tour of the light saber-esque jets.

All images via: NASA and ESA