Star Trek's Real-Life USS Enterprise Spotted In Space Nebula, What Could This Be?

First Posted: Sep 09, 2016 09:33 AM EDT

The Spitzer telescope spotted what looks like a pair of starships in a very beautiful nebula. Far off the distant space, it appears that two starship look-alike is hovering with beautiful stars. NASA' Spitzer Space Telescope successfully took a beautiful photograph of far-off nebulae. The telescope was like a child trying to spot shapes in the clouds when the nebula caught its attention. Scientists say it looks like two of Star Trek's famous Enterprise ships dancing in formation with the stars.

The image is part of Spitzer's biggest surveys of the Milky Way which NASA called GLIMPSE and MIPSGAL. They used blue color to show wavelength of 3.5 microns, green for 8.0 microns, red for 24 microns, and green for organic molecules.

So they set their imagination wildly into the stellar formation to create a line-drawing overlay to see how well the nebulae will form into starships, and it did not fail them. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory uploaded a photograph of the nebulae in their official website. The formation on the right perfectly matches the original series Enterprise NCC-1701, and the formation on the left appears to be like the "Next Generation" Enterprise NCC-1701-D. The nebulae were spotted in one of the disks of our Milky Way galaxy.

To explain the science behind these starship sightings, NASA said that "Astronomically speaking, the region pictured in the image falls within the disk of our Milky Way galaxy and displays two regions of star formation hidden behind a haze of dust when viewed in visible light." They also mentioned that Spitzer uses infrared energy to see behind dust and space objects so nothing is hidden from its view.

In the ancient times, people did not have advance technology that modern humans have developed. So sightings of space objects need to be tedious and will require literal hours of gazing at the heavens. The most popular nebulae in the past are Hourglass, Stingray, and Ant.

The image was gladly shared in honor of Star Trek's 50th anniversary where its debut was featured on the television. Star Trek was first aired on September 8, 1966, gathering fans over the last five decades of historic space show.

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