NASA shares image of the 'Hand of God', netizens baffled
The Hand of God

Hand of God phenomenon: On the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory’s Instagram account, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) posted a photo of ‘nebula energy’ that has left netizens baffled.

The image depicts a golden structure on a deep black backdrop that has organised itself to resemble a hand. This phenomenon, dubbed the ‘Hand of God’ is known as a pulsar wind nebula. It is powered by the remnant, dense core of a star that exploded in a supernova explosion.

Sharing the picture, NASA wrote, “The hand-shaped structure, seen in gold in these images, is a nebula of energy and particles blown by a # pulsear left behind after a star exploded. The pulsar, known as PSR B1509-58, is about 19 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter and it’s spinning around almost 7 times per second!”

The stellar corpse, known as PSR B1509-58 or B1509 for short, is a pulsar, which rotates seven times per second and fires a particle wind into the surrounding material, which was expelled in the star’s demise. These particles interact with the material’s magnetic fields, causing it to shine with X-rays.

The outcome is a cloud that resembles an open hand in earlier photos. The pulsar itself is not visible in this image, although it is close to the brilliant white spot.

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