The Origin of the FireFox Logo: V838 Monocerotis?

About 20,000 light years from the Sun, right near the edge of the Milky Way Galaxy, sits V838 Monocerotis, a red variable star. Does it remind you of something? Of course it does: it resembles one of the world’s most famous Internet browser: FireFox.

This shot was taken by the Hubble space telescope on February 8, 2004, just a few weeks after the FireFox logo we all came to know and love was originally designed. So the question remains: Is the resemblance purely fortuitous or are there deeper mysteries inside the famous red panda logo?

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