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NASA named new constellations after The Incredible Hulk and Godzilla

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DConnell    6,398
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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, NASA has named 21 new gamma-ray constellations.

NASA has um... gone a bit off the reservation when it comes to naming them.

Take "Hulk" for example, which is named for The Incredible Hulk!

Yep, that's The Incredible Hulk alright.

Here's the thing: These constellations aren't based on stars, they're based on gamma rays, as observed by the Fermi telescope. Which makes total sense when you consider that Bruce Banner became The Incredible Hulk as a result of gamma radiation. Genius!

"Gamma rays are the strongest form of light," explained NASA. "They pack enough punch to convert into matter under the right circumstances, a transformation both Banner and the Hulk would certainly appreciate."

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/nasa-named-new-constellations-after-the-incredible-hulk-and-godzilla/ar-BBOHS7V?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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Draggendrop    5,415

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https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/constellations/

 

NASA’s Fermi Mission Energizes the Sky With Gamma-ray Constellations

 

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The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. Among them are the Little Prince, the time-warping TARDIS from “Doctor Who,” Godzilla and his heat ray, the antimatter-powered U.S.S. Enterprise from “Star Trek: The Original Series” and the Hulk, the product of a gamma-ray experiment gone awry.

“Developing these unofficial constellations was a fun way to highlight a decade of Fermi’s accomplishments,” said Julie McEnery, the Fermi project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “One way or another, all of the gamma-ray constellations have a tie-in to Fermi science.”

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-fermi-mission-energizes-the-sky-with-gamma-ray-constellations

 

Looks great, hope it spurs interest for the young ones entering related disciplines.

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