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NASA photos show giant cosmic hand

Posted by on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:38 PM
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Story Highlights

  • Image taken by NASA's space-based Chandra Observatory telescope
  • Formation is 150 light years across, 1,700 years old
  • Photo shows what appears to be ghostly blue fingers reaching across Galaxy

(CNN) -- New photographs released by NASA have captured images of a vast stellar formation resembling a human hand reaching across space.

NASA's Chandra Observatory captured this hand-shaped image of an X-ray nebula.

NASA's Chandra Observatory captured this hand-shaped image of an X-ray nebula.

The image, taken by NASA's space-based Chandra Observatory telescope, shows an X-ray nebula 150 light years across.

It shows what appear to be ghostly blue fingers -- thumb and pinky clearly discernible from index, ring and middle digits -- reaching into a sparkling cloud of fiery red.

NASA says the display is caused by a young and powerful pulsar, known by the rather prosaic name of PSR B1509-58.

"The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand," NASA says.

The space agency says B1509 -- created by a collapsed star -- is one of the most powerful electromaginetic generators in the Galaxy. The nebula is formed by a torrent of electrons and ions emitted by the 1,700-year-old phenomenon.

The finger-like structures are apparently caused by "energizing knots of material in a neighboring gas cloud," NASA says.

Makes you wonder, huh! What are your thoughts?

by on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:38 PM
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Junebug926
by Bronze Member on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:40 PM

That is so cool! I love when nature takes on a recognizable form. Kind of like looking at the clouds and the shapes they make.

B.A.G.
by on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:41 PM


Quoting Junebug926:

That is so cool! I love when nature takes on a recognizable form. Kind of like looking at the clouds and the shapes they make.


luckcharm
by Bronze Member on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I think it makes a cool picture. 

                   

sweetie00
by on Apr. 14, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Very cool, pretty. Space is so amazing.

rnjMOM
by Rachel on Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:18 PM

AWESOME! How come this does not make front page news? This is too cool!

behappilyever
by Bronze Member on Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM

neat

mazomama
by on Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Its beautiful and kinda scary all at once......

      Estrella



JJTaylor
by Member on Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Very beautiful shot!

I think often times if they put it on the front cover of the newspapers and big stories on TV news, we start hearing about nut job religious cults claiming it's the end... like we need more?!

rnjMOM
by Rachel on Apr. 14, 2009 at 3:18 PM


Quoting JJTaylor:

Very beautiful shot!

I think often times if they put it on the front cover of the newspapers and big stories on TV news, we start hearing about nut job religious cults claiming it's the end... like we need more?!

AGREED!

LancesMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 14, 2009 at 5:43 PM

It is a cool picture! I think it makes you truly wonder what other "life" could be out there!!

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