Scientists have started firing lasers at an angry purple nebula, which has been exploding for nearly 200 years.
An Earthly telescope has launched the lasers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in a bid to get to know an exploding star system better.
The Carina Nebula is a pair of two giant stars which have been exploding for nearly 200 years.
It is located about 7,500 light years away and is considered one of the most luminous star systems in the Milky Way, reports Live Science.
Four orange lasers have been blasting through the Milky Way at the “angry” purple nebula.
Scientists say seeing that far into space is difficult, even at the most luminous star such as the Eta Carinae.
Using the mightiest telescope on Earth which is located in Chile, it has still proved difficult to see into the galaxy due to the gassy atmosphere which can blur and distort views.
The ESO says the lasers which are being fired to simulate distant stars, can allow astronomers to understand how much the beams are being blurred by the atmosphere.
Artificial stars are simulated from one of the Very Large Telescope’s component pieces, according to Live Science.
With this simulation scientists are able to practice how to correct the telescope for atmospheric blurring when gazing at real stars, galaxies and other objects such as the Eta Carinae.
Supernova SN 2018gv was first spotted in mid-January 2018 by amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki.
In February of that year, NASA tasked the Hubble space telescope with capturing the titanic blast in real time.
The result is an incredible time-lapse video showing the final year in the life of a star from 70 million light-years from Earth.