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An image that's dubbed "The Hand of God" by Astronomers



'Hand of God' captured in NASA image


What looks like an X-ray of a hand is actually the remains of a star that exploded 17,000 light-years away.

The astronomers who captured this image with a NASA space telescope call it the "Hand of God."

"We don't know if the hand shape is an optical illusion," said Hongjun An of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in a statement from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission.

What the image shows is a pulsar wind nebula, a dying star and the cloud of materials left over from the star after it exploded. The particles are interacting with nearby magnetic fields, causing the particles to glow in the image, according to NuSTAR.

It's unclear whether the nebula looks like a hand because of the way the particles interact with the magnetic fields or if the particles are actually shaped like a hand.

NuSTAR says the star is about 12 miles in diameter and spins at nearly seven times a second. As the star spins, it spews particles "upheaved during the star's violent death."

The NuSTAR space telescope was launched in June 2012 with the goal of observing black holes, dead and exploded stars and "other extreme objects," according to NuSTAR.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:49 PM   #16
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That makes sense, I kinda just meant in general, like any of the pics we've seen from the Hubble, only from a few thousand, or even less, miles away.

It would be a literal explosion of awe inside the mind.
It would be incredible to be able to get out there and take a look.
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:56 PM   #17
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #18
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:38 PM   #19
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:43 PM   #20
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Beautiful, just imagine how life changing and mind expanding it would be to go into deep space and see something like that close up... you'd never be the same.
I don't think you can really see it "close up." At a different distance or angle it wouldn't look like that. If you were close enough, you probably wouldn't even know you were looking at anything unusual.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:52 PM   #21
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I don't think you can really see it "close up." At a different distance or angle it wouldn't look like that. If you were close enough, you probably wouldn't even know you were looking at anything unusual.
Theres a lot of sense there, from several thousand miles away I would think you could make it out... I dunno though, but its an interesting question what the right distance is to actually see it all.
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"We don't know if the hand shape is an optical illusion," said Hongjun An of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in a statement from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission.
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Nah, it's really not a big deal. Look at the various constellations. Just based on our own particular viewing angle people named groups of stars after mythological figures. That's like driving by a group of trees at 75 MPH, thinking one looks like your Uncle Frank, and naming the spot Frank's Field. It's no more meaningful than that.
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That's amazing. Is that a toasted cheese with three pieces of bread?
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Looks more like the Hand of Homer Reaching for Bacon. Mmmmmmm Bacon......
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That's amazing. Is that a toasted cheese with three pieces of bread?
You've never done that?
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There's currently a 74 page debate on the Falcons board over religion because of this photo. With that said, I'll just leave this thread with "ooooo cool! Astronomy rules!"

We don't want to offend anyone with our beliefs.

That's the safe answer.
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I prefer a grilled cheese sandwich over a toasted one myself.
Unless one actually uses a grill, is it really a "grilled cheese" sandwich?
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