NASA Captures 'Hand of God' Pulsar Wind Nebula

almost 2 years ago

The image above depicts the aftermath of a star that exploded in a supernova. 

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, captured the X-ray glow of a pulsar wind nebula that is shaped like a hand - or at least appears that way as ejected particles interact with nearby magnetic fields.

"The pulsar is only about 19 kilometers (12 miles) in diameter," NASA reports, "but packs a big punch: it is spinning around nearly seven times every second, spewing particles into material that was upheaved during the star's violent death."

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