Godzilla claims the stars with new constellation

Christopher Davidson
October 22, 2018

Launched in 2008, NASA is marking the satellite's decade in service by establishing 21 gamma-ray constellations, and similar to how stargazers of yore took inspiration from ancient legends, the space agency is saluting modern mythos with constellations referencing not only Godzilla, but also "Star Trek", "The Little Prince" and "The Incredible Hulk".

An worldwide research group using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, including NASA, has named a constellation of gamma ray-emitting stars Godzilla, according to movie distributor Toho Co.

The 22 constellations were recognized to commemorate the research group's feat of discovering more than 3,000 gamma-ray sources.

NASA has um. gone a bit off the reservation when it comes to naming them. Instead, the astronomic artwork is formed of gamma rays, as observed by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. They pack enough punch to convert into matter under the right circumstances, a transformation both Banner and the Hulk would certainly appreciate. This bears at least a passing resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars.

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On its website, NASA describes Godzilla as one of cinema's most famous monsters and it is among the most recognizable symbols of popular Japanese culture. These can be from supernovas, super-massive black holes, nova bursts, and other spacial phenomena, according to a statement.

Destination landmarks were also given constellations in honor of the countries that participated in the Fermi Mission.

"Fermi is still going strong, and we are now preparing a new all-sky LAT catalogue", said Jean Ballet, a Fermi team member at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay.

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