Hand of God

This is an article which I found today while browsing the online newspaper DailyMail.

We’ve already seen pictures of his eye… now we have the first image of the hand of God.

The ghostly blue cloud seems to form an outstretched thumb and fingers grasping a burning lump of coal.

This astonishing image was taken by Nasa’s Chandra X-ray observatory, which is orbiting 360 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Pic 1: The Hand of God

It recalls those of the Helix planetary nebula, whose blue centre surrounded by white clouds earned it the nickname ‘the eye of God’.

The hand was created when a star exploded in a supernova, creating a rapidly-spinning 12-mile-wide star called a pulsar, which is deep inside the white blob at the hand’s wrist.

The pulsar is spewing out enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy, creating a dust and gas cloud so wide that it would take a light beam 150 years to cross from side to side.


Pic 2: The Eye of God

The red disc is a separate cloud of gas. The fingers are thought to have been created as the energy passed from the pulsar to this gas cloud.

Nasa scientists estimate the moment depicted here actually happened 17,000 years ago.

It has taken since then for the X-rays, travelling at 670million mph, to reach Earth.

Note: The above texts have been quoted directly from the newspaper article.

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4 thoughts on “Hand of God

    • What if it is in fact the hand of God??? πŸ˜›
      Ok how will you describe the shape scientifically? πŸ˜‰ Is it because of some effects in space? Does it not seem to you as a hand Yash??? πŸ˜€
      Look carefully… πŸ™‚

      Oops… it seems scientists themselves have described it as the hand of god… πŸ˜‰

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