Godzilla is probably Japan’s most favourite export and it has fans all over the world. It was just a matter of time for the Monster to land in space.
Thanks to NASA, Godzilla now has an official constellation. It turns out that the monster has been given a gamma-Ray constellation, and it looks more impressive than you think.
“Godzilla ranks as one of cinema’s most famous monsters and is among the most recognizable symbols of Japanese popular culture. In the original 1954 movie, nuclear weapons tests disturb the creature’s deep ocean habitat, and it emerges from the sea to wreak havoc in Japan,” NASA explains.
“Godzilla’s trademark weapon is its “heat ray,” a fiery jet. This bears at least a passing resemblance to gamma-ray jets associated with black holes and neutron stars.”
According to NASA, The King of Monsters has been assigned with this gamma-ray constellation as its stars often emit gamma-ray bursts similar to that of Godzilla.
“Gamma-ray jets also occur in other types of astrophysical systems. When a massive star runs out of fuel and collapses under its own weight, or when two orbiting neutron stars spiral together and merge, a new black hole — and high-speed jets — may form. The result is a gamma-ray burst, the most powerful explosion in the cosmos. These monstrous blasts, which occur somewhere in the distant universe every day or so according to observations by Fermi’s Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, would make even Godzilla envious.”
The nerdy background behind this constellation has quickly made it a fan-favourite. However, this isn’t the only pop-culture gift by NASA. It has previously assigned constellations to Starship Enterprise, TARDIS, the Hulk and many more.