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New NASA Telescope Captures "Hand Of God" Phenomenon Picture

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Space photography is awesome.

NASA released a new image this week from the program’s NuSTAR telescope showing a pulsar wind nebula that has been deemed “the hand of God.”

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NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiono Harrison says the program’s new research toy is able to capture space phenomena with a level of detail not previously possible.

"NuSTAR's unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light," Harrison said.

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This “Hand of God” image shows a pulsar wind nebula. The nebula is produced by the dense remnants from a star that exploded into a supernova. The remaining particles interact with nearby magnetic fields that project an x-ray image resembling a hand.

Scientists aren’t sure if the particles themselves are organized in the hand shape or if it is merely the x-ray image being projected.

“We don't know if the hand shape is an optical illusion," Hongjun An, of McGill University in Montreal, said. "With NuSTAR, the hand looks more like a fist, which is giving us some clues."

 

Sources: NBC, Space