Scientists from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel space observatory have spotted two strange lasers emanating from the star system.
The extremely rare phenomenon is connected to the death of a star and for the first time scientists have found that stars emit powerful lasers before dying.
The Ant Nebula earns its nickname from the twin lobes that look like the head and body of an ant.
The distance of the star system is between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from Earth in the southern constellation Norm.
“We detected a very rare type of emission called hydrogen recombination laser emission, which is only produced in a narrow range of physical conditions,” Dr. Isabel Aleman, lead author of a paper said, according to the publication The Independent.