A Star-Munching Pac Man in the Southern Sky

Star MunchingIf you’ve ever looked up at the southern sky, you’ve probably noticed an object with a recognizable shape. It’s a remnant of an ancient supernova. It’s called N 63A, and it’s located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 163,000 light years away from Earth. The star’s shape was accidental, but it resembles the iconic game character.

The video game Pac-Man was created by a nine-person team and released in 1980. Originally called Puck-Man, the character has since grossed $14 billion and been referenced in a number of other media. It’s also become such a cultural icon that Google has turned it into a playable Google Doodle.

Southern Sky StarDespite this, there have been some changes to the character. In the 1990s, the character had a smaller nose. And in 2010, his eyes were changed. In this way, he resembles the original. Even more, he’s now the star of a cartoon series in the southern sky.