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'Hand of God' spotted by NASA space telescope

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Hum    6,930

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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Osiris    804

High 5's to you to buddy

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Hum    6,930

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

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Brian Miller    1,537

God doesn't play dice with the universe.

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Kriz    184

Lets be realistic, its just gas and dust :)

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Semtex    5,936

Looks like facepalm :woot:

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+FloatingFatMan    13,384

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

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DocM    12,762

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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Javik    3,977

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

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giantpotato    296

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.

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Art3x    81

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

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DocM    12,762

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

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Lingwo    489

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

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Rippleman    2,701

doesn't look like a hand to me either

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thommcg    109

HBO Marketing department... obviously

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+E.worm Jimmy    9,965

I clearly see a hand, a creepy mangled hand, but a hand ;)

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HawkMan    5,160

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

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Personally I see it the other way, as a left hand held out, with the "finger" sticking out to the right being the thumb. 

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+jamesyfx    352

As mentioned above.. I don't think anyone is saying it's a literal hand of god. It's just a fitting name because of it's shape. Probably better than 'roughly human hand shaped exploding star matter no. 1' :p

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Aquileo    23

Hardly a hand, in my eyes, but beautiful nonetheless.

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SyntheticVirusZ    34

That's creepy.

 

 

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+Audioboxer    2,874

I like the naming, it'll be as funny as when the 'god particle' was named

 

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HawkMan    5,160

I like the naming, it'll be as funny as when the 'god particle' was named

 

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ignorant religious nuts who's never opened a single science book since first grade are a good source for funny though :)

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compl3x    6,257

ignorant religious nuts who's never opened a single science book since first grade are a good source for funny though :)

 

Science is for commies, homos, and atheists. EXCEPT WHEN THEY NAME SOMETHING WITH THE WORD GOD IN IT!  :rofl:

 

 

 

As for the article, did NASA designate this the "Hand of God" or FoxNews' editorial department.

 

 

Also worth noting that the article ends with:

 

 

The Hand of God is an example of pareidolia, the psychological phenomenon of perceiving familiar shapes in random or vague images. Other common forms of pareidolia include seeing animals or faces in clouds, or the man in the moon. Despite its supernatural appearance, the Hand of God was produced by natural astrophysical phenomena.

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streetw0lf    202

You guys will argue about anything for argument's sake <lol>

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Hum    6,930

Captain Kirk says it is a hand ...

 

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