I love it when nature makes clean and intuitive shapes, forms that look like there should be some sentient organizer behind them.
This is an infrared image of the Red Square Nebula.
According to Space.com, “new findings suggest the system’s perfect form results from an even outflow of gas.”
“If you fold things across the principle diagonal axis, you get an almost perfect reflection symmetry,” said study leader Peter Tuthill from the University of Sydney in Australia. “This makes the Red Square nebula the most symmetrical object of comparable complexity ever imaged.”
There’s also a Red Rectangle Nebula.