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NASA just found a nebula that looks like Godzilla. ‘Space just got a lot cooler’

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NASA swears it found a nebula that looks like Godzilla.

The space agency shared photos this week on social media, and just in case people missed the resemblance, one of the images connects the dots.

Nebula are giant space clouds of dust and gas created when dying stars explode, NASA says.

“Just like clouds on Earth, clouds of gas and dust in space can sometimes resemble familiar objects, or even popular movie creatures,” NASA officials said this week.

“Do the bright spots near the top of the image look like the piercing eyes and elongated snout of Godzilla?”

Here’s what the nebula looks like with the dots connected. See Godzilla?
Here’s what the nebula looks like with the dots connected. See Godzilla?

The nebula was captured in images taken by NASA’s Universe Spitzer Space Telescope and the outline of “colors represent different infrared light wavelengths,” NASA says.

It was seen deep in the Sagittarius constellation, “along the plane of the Milky Way,” officials said.

“Stars in the upper right (where this cosmic Godzilla’s eyes and snout would be) are an unknown distance from Earth but within our galaxy,” NASA officials said. “Located about 7,800 light-years from Earth, the bright region in the lower left (Godzilla’s right hand) is known as W33.”

NASA credited California Institute of Technology astronomer Robert Hurt with discovering the “Godzilla-like nebula” in data generated by the Spitzer over 18 years. The spacecraft “retired” last year, but scientists are still studying images “for new information about the universe.“

“I wasn’t looking for monsters,” Hurt said in a news release. “I just happened to glance at a region of sky that I’ve browsed many times before, but I’d never zoomed in on. Sometimes if you just crop an area differently, it brings out something that you didn’t see before. It was the eyes and mouth that roared ‘Godzilla’ to me.”

His discovery is not the first oddity scientists have seen in the data. NASA says there is a scientific term for such instances: Pareidolia, or “the human tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern.”

“Other scientists have spied a black widow spider, a Jack-o-Lantern, a snake, an exposed human brain, and the Starship Enterprise, among other things, in Spitzer images,” officials said.

NASA posted a photo Monday of Hurt’s nebula on Facebook, prompting more than 7,700 reactions and comments.

“I see it clear as day!” Jessie Mcvey wrote. “The eyes, the snout, open jaw, and flame being thrown out like a fireball.”

“Space just got a lot cooler with the Godzilla Nebula! I will be so disappointed if it is not named that!” Matt Hozey posted.

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