Hand of God’ Spotted by NASA Space Telescope

'Hand of God' space image
What appears to be the shape of a hand in this new X-ray image captured by NASA's NuSTAR space telescope is actually a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded. NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."

The cosmic "hand of God" photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays.

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