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NASA telescope photographs 'Hand of God'

By T.K. Randall
January 13, 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)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ashiene 9 years ago
It's the hand of an alien species that they created to tell us that alien life exists.
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevemagegod 9 years ago
It looks like the Hand of Time from the Justice League TV Show.
Comment icon #9 Posted by beelzebufo 9 years ago
Space god is reaching for space burrito.
Comment icon #10 Posted by FizzPuff 9 years ago
Space is so pretty, love these types of things.
Comment icon #11 Posted by AlienDan 9 years ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by Nazir 9 years ago
Looks more like ???? (Name of God) in arabic
Comment icon #13 Posted by dharma warrior 9 years ago
At least it wasn't flipping us off.
Comment icon #14 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 9 years ago
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 9 years ago
Also known as the other Hand of God.
Comment icon #16 Posted by LinneaMogren 9 years ago
Nebula's are so beautiful, to think its the remains of a supernova giving birth to new stars.


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