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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:36

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."

 

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The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed 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.

The 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.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 07:54

High 5's to you to buddy



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:02

That god shouldn't be playing with hot novas -- looks like he lost a couple of fingers. :p



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:08

God doesn't play dice with the universe.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 14:40

Lets be realistic, its just gas and dust :)



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 14:45

Looks like facepalm :woot:



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 14:55

Doesn't look like a hand at all...



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:11

Doesn't look like a hand at all...

Really? If you outline the dust cloud, assuming each ejecta trail is a "finger," you get this

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:24

Why do people buy into this stupidity? it's a nebula, nothing more.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:42

Why do people buy into this stupidity? it's a nebula, nothing more.

Whoah, whoah, calm down now. Next thing you'll be telling me is the Big Dipper isn't an actual ladle in the sky.



#11 Art3x

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:44

Whoah, whoah, calm down now. Next thing you'll be telling me is the Big Dipper isn't an actual ladle in the sky.

 

Lol, a bear you mean ;p



#12 DocM

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:45

I guess as a kid he never looked at clouds and saw ships, cars, planes etc.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 15:57

As bigfoot as my witness. That's gods hand.



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 16:03

doesn't look like a hand to me either



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 16:28

HBO Marketing department... obviously

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