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NASA telescope photographs 'Hand of God'


Posted on Monday, 13 January, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments


The distant nebula surrounds a neutron star. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Astronomers have captured the remarkable image of a nebula that resembles a giant hand in space.

Originally photographed by the Chandra X-ray observatory in 2009, the "Hand of God" has been captured again by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuStar) in unprecedented detail.

Named after its similarity to Michelangelo's famous artwork on the Sistine Chapel, the image shows a pulsar wind nebula, an object powered by the extremely dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion.

The pulsar itself spins at an incredible rate, seven times per second, firing out a stream of particles that interact with the surrounding material.

"One of the big mysteries of this object is whether the pulsar particles are interacting with the material in a specific way to make it look like a hand, or if the material is in fact shaped like a hand," NASA wrote on its website.

   
Source: NASA | Comments (16)

Tags: Nebula, NuStar


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ashiene on 13 January, 2014, 20:57
It's the hand of an alien species that they created to tell us that alien life exists.
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevemagegod on 13 January, 2014, 22:49
It looks like the Hand of Time from the Justice League TV Show.
Comment icon #9 Posted by beelzebufo on 14 January, 2014, 0:06
Space god is reaching for space burrito.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FizzPuff on 14 January, 2014, 2:03
Space is so pretty, love these types of things.
Comment icon #11 Posted by AlienDan on 14 January, 2014, 11:28
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nazir on 14 January, 2014, 11:49
Looks more like الله (Name of God) in arabic
Comment icon #13 Posted by dharma warrior on 14 January, 2014, 16:09
At least it wasn't flipping us off.
Comment icon #14 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 15 January, 2014, 17:55
Ah. Is see a hand, but I also see... a king. The blue/white is his face/beard, and the yellow is a crown.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Almagest on 16 January, 2014, 16:54
Also known as the other Hand of God.
Comment icon #16 Posted by LinneaMogren on 17 January, 2014, 1:06
Nebula's are so beautiful, to think its the remains of a supernova giving birth to new stars.


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