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New image of 'Hand of God'-shaped nebula

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:44 PM -

Did NASA find the hand of God last week?

No, not really, but you'd be forgiven for the mistake, and it certainly makes for a pretty picture.

This image, released last week by NASA, actually has an awesome-enough origin - it's a leftover cloud of gas from an exploding star.

The star itself, a rapidly spinning pulsar known as PSR B1509-58, fires a "wind" of particles out into the surrounding space.

It's located near that bright blue spot, which was imaged in high-energy x-rays for the first time by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) for the first time. 

Lower level x-ray light, the other colours, was already imaged by NASA's Chandra observatory, and combined to produce this composite image.


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