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NASA Discovers a "Cosmic Caterpillar" That Looks Like Star Trek's Doomsday Machine

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discovered a star forming 4,500 light years from Earth. Astronomers describe it as reminiscent of a caterpillar:

The glowing white head of the caterpillar shape is the core of the protostar. This is where the nuclear process has just begun, allowing the dense collection of gas, plasma and dust to shine with its own light, explains Zolt Levay of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

But Trekkies know that this is actually the doomsday machine, a planet-destroying menace from an episode of classic Star Trek.

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(Images: NASA, CBS)

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