Believe it or not, but the above photo shows two different images of Saturn's moon Mimas. One of them, a regular photograph, shows that, yes, the Death Star does exist and it's currently hanging out around Saturn. The other image, apparently a thermal map of the same moon, has sorta freaked a whole bunch of people out recently because ... um, it looks like Pac-Man is literally about to munch down on that crater.
The data was all collected by Cassini on February 13th during a flyby. Pressed to explain the weird Pac-Man image, one scientist notes:"We suspect the temperatures are revealing differences in texture on the surface," said John Spencer, a Cassini composite infrared spectrometer team member based at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "It's maybe something like the difference between old, dense snow and freshly fallen powder."
Hey, as long as Hollywood doesn't go and turn this image into a movie about Pac-Man in space, I'm cool with just looking at this thing and scratching my head. Space is freaky, indeed.
[via Science Daily]