Hand of God or Nebula – This picture is really cool. I love that Technology has advanced so far, that we are able to capture pictures that are true works of art…and as we know, true art is always thought provoking.
According to USA Today, scientists believe the image actually depicts the remains of a star that exploded 17,000 light-years away.
“Nicknamed the ‘Hand of God,’ this object is called a pulsar wind nebula,” the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array said in a statement. “It’s powered by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion.”
“The stellar corpse, called PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for short, is a pulsar: it rapidly spins around, seven times per second, firing out a particle wind into the material around it — material that was ejected in the star’s explosion,” the statement added. “These particles are interacting with magnetic fields around the material, causing it to glow with X-rays. The result is a cloud that, in previous images, looked like an open hand.”
Just a little something for you to ponder on and enjoy – be it in dreary #RVa today, or wherever you are.