NASA hopes Green Lantern will make you give a damn about space

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Dec 14, 2012

NASA knows it's not easy getting most people to care about what it's doing. So the agency's trying to get our attention by showing a little love for Green Lantern. (And considering the reviews of the movie so far, somebody's got to.)

When posting a breathtaking pic of the nebula known as RCW 120 to its Image of the Day gallery, NASA geeked it up by shining Green Lantern's light all over the description, calling it "A Green Ring Fit for a Superhero" and going on to say:

This glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the superhero Green Lantern. In the comic books, the diminutive Guardians of the Planet "Oa" forged his power ring, but astronomers believe rings like this are actually sculpted by the powerful light of giant "O" stars, the most massive type of star known to exist. ...

This bubble is far from unique. Just as the Guardians of Oa have selected many beings to serve as Green Lanterns and patrol different sectors of space, Spitzer has found that such bubbles are common and an can be found around O stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy.

Personally, we don't think this pic needs to be tied in to Green Lantern to be awesome. Come on, just LOOK at that thing!

(via The Mary Sue)

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