NASA names new constellations after Hulk, Thor's hammer, Godzilla
Washington, Oct 23: NASA has used certain characters from modern myths such as the "Hulk" and "Godzilla" to name its new set of 21 gamma-ray constellations constructed in celebration of its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's 10th year of operations.
What do the 21 new gamma-ray constellations include?
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.
Help from Fermi’s Telescope
Since July 2008, Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT) has been scanning the entire sky each day, mapping and measuring sources of gamma rays, the highest-energy light in the universe.
The 21 gamma-ray constellations include famous landmarks - such as Sweden's recovered warship, Vasa, the Washington Monument and Mount Fuji in Japan - in countries contributing to Fermi science.