Amazing 'Hand of God' appears after star explosion

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

NASA scientists have nicknamed a cloud that developed from an exploding star the Hand of God because of its shape.

The cloud is a pulsar wind nebula and is fuelled by the leftover, dense core of a star that blew up in a supernova explosion. The particles are interacting with magnetic fields around the material, causing it to glow with X-rays.

"The result is a cloud that...looked like an open hand," NASA said on its website.

"One of the big mysteries of this object is whether the pulsar particles are interacting with the material in a specific way to make it look like a hand, or if the material is in fact shaped like a hand."

There is a second red cloud near the "fingertips" of the Hand of God cloud. Astronomers think the pulsar's wind is heating this cloud, causing it to glow.

 

 


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