NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuStar, has been floating in space since 2012 and has captured an amazing image that has been named the “Hand of God.” The image of the dead star is actually the remains of an exploded supernova as reported by the New York Daily News.
The scientists who are conducting the research indicated that the particles making up the image are some 17,000 light years from earth. "We don't know if the hand shape is an optical illusion," said Hongjun An of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. With NuSTAR, the hand looks more like a fist, which is giving us some clues." Scientist have not determined whether the cluster of particles is actually in the shape of a hand or whether it is the way the particles are bending that creates the illusion of a hand. They do hope to learn more about the dark corner of the universe with NuStar, because it also captured images of black holes some 10 billion light years away which had been obscured by blankets of dust.
Francesca Civano of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut said, “This is a hot topic in astronomy. We want to understand how black holes grew in the past and the degree to which they are obscured. The ongoing research will help how black holes and galaxies grow and interact with each other."
Regardless of whether you are religious or not, you must admit the “Hand of God” image is pretty awesome.
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