Video from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory on Monday showed a “fast moving jet of particles produced by a rapidly rotating neutron star,” scientifically speaking. But a more poetic view of the footage, according to The Raw Story, is that it resembles the mask from Phantom of the Opera or “God smoking a joint.”
The Vela pulsar was formed after the collapse of another massive star, according to NASA’s description provided with the video, and “it may provide new insight into the nature of some of the densest matter in the universe,” reports David Edwards at The Raw Story.
The video “has the unnerving appearance of the Phantom of the Opera — wearing not only a mask, but also a steam-blowing hat like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz
,” wrote Universe Today‘
s Nancy Atkinson.
“Actually that image looks more like God smoking a joint,” offered The Raw Story‘s David Ferguson.