The Hubble Space Telescope has revealed the remnant of a stellar explosion. As noted by NASA, he is very similar to the legendary video game character – Pacman.
Object 63A is a supernova remnant, an event caused by the explosion of a star at the end of its life. It is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring galaxy 163,000 light years from the Milky Way. By the way, this is one of the few galaxies that can be seen from Earth with the naked eye.
There are several star-forming regions or nebulae in the Large Magellanic Cloud where large clouds of gas condense and collapse into young stars. The supernova remnant is located in one of them, surrounded by many stars. Their high concentration resembles the energy pellets that Pacman swallows in the video game of the same name.
It is known that supernovae lead to the formation of stars and planets in the vicinity of the explosion due to the release of gas and heavy elements. However, in this case, powerful shock waves appear to have stopped star formation in the region, scattering surrounding gas that was already in the process of new stars being born, according to NASA.
But object N 63A is still relatively young and in the future, according to NASA, it will also become an object of star formation.