It took 20 years of research and picture analysis from the Hubble telescope to find this extraordinary discovery: a lightsaber in galaxy NGC 3862. The 30-second video below took 20 years to piece together the first view of a real lightsaber!
Jets of plasma that could possibly destroy a whole fleet of Star Wars spaceships or even the earth were caused by two large pieces of matter being sucked into a black hole and colliding with such impact “that they appear to zoom out of black hole at speeds several times the speed of light.”
Eileen Meyer of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) put together the pieces. She said “Something like this has never been seen before in an extragalactic jet. This will allow us a very rare opportunity to see how the energy of the collision is dissipated into radiation.” The lightsaber effect is expected to continue for the next 30 years or so.
This display was captured in the optical spectrum. Don’t rush outside to view this marvelous spectacle. NGC 3862, an elliptical galaxy, is around 260 million lightyears away.
This was not the first light saber in space. In 2007, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Star Wars was taken aboard the Discovery spacecraft during mission STS-120. After the flight into space, it was returned to George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars.