NASA Space Telescope Finds ‘Hand Of God’
This amazing image blends two things some think separate, science and religion.
Space.com is reporting that the image was captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, representing in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays.
“NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light,” NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a statement. – See more at: http://www.space.com/24225-hand-of-god-photo-nasa-telescope.html#sthash.8zp8Nz3w.dpufThe new image depicts a pulsar wind nebula, produced by the dense remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova. What’s left behind is a pulsar, called PSR B1509-58 (B1509 for short), which spins around 7 times per second blowing a wind of particles into material ejected during the star’s death throes.As these particles interact with nearby magnetic fields, they produce an X-ray glow in the shape of a hand. (The pulsar is located near the bright white spot in the image but cannot be seen itself, NASA officials said.) – Space.com