Space Invaders!

If you are as old as I am you might remember an 8-bit game called Space Invaders.

Many quarters where lost defending the planet from the incessant bug-like beings from beyond the Earth.

Alas, I was much more successful in protecting humanity from deadly robots.

Bonus Round:  The person that correctly identifies the game above gets a free shout-out, a blog repost and free admission to the old video gamers society (currently, I am the only member).

Space Invaders was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and later licensed by Midway. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible.

So what does this have to do with astronomy you might ask.  Well, life imitates art (or something like that).  A side by side comparison for you to ponder:

A coincidence?  I think not.  Where is my tin foil hat!

NASA is purporting that this is simply and image of Abell 68.  A massive cluster of galaxies acting like a lens in space to brighten and magnify light from very distant background galaxies.  This lensing (a likely story) creates arc-like images and mirror images of background galaxies. The cluster in front is 2 billion light-years away, and the lensed images come from galaxies far behind it.

Hooey, I say.  The aliens are coming!  Prepare yourself for the end of civilization as we know it.  Okay, maybe the scientists actually know what they are talking about.  But it was fun seeing this and getting a little nostalgic.  Excuse me, I have to go put my retro-gaming disc into my WII and save you all from those evil robots once again.
Run for cover!

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities.  Connect with me on Google +.  If you need help with any patent, trademark, or copyright issue, or know someone that can use my help, please contact me for a free 30 minute consultation by sending me an email or call TOLL FREE at 1-855-UR IDEAS (1-855-874-3327) and ask for Norman.



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