Darth Vader take heart. Astronomers have discovered a powerful ultraviolet laser beam, several times brighter than our Sun, shooting toward Earth from a super-hot "death star." The observations, made with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have identified a gas cloud that acts as a natural ultraviolet laser, near the huge, unstable star called Eta Carinae one of most massive and energetic stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. The interstellar laser may result from Eta Carinae's violently chaotic eruptions, in which it blasts parts of itself out into space, like an interstellar geyser. Sveneric Johansson, a specialist in atomic spectroscopy at
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