ExpiredNews - New image of 'Hand of God'-shaped nebula - The Weather Network
Your weather when it really mattersTM


Please choose your default site


Asia - Pacific



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.

WANT MORE SPACE? Take a look back at our feature on the weirdest planets discovered so far.

Last week was nothing compared to these seven record cold temperatures recorded on Earth
From ice volcanoes to hundred-metre snowdrifts: Seven frigid planets
Strong winds topple half-built condos in North Carolina
Default saved

Search Location


Sign In

Please sign in to use this feature.