NASA photographs the ´Hand of God´

January 10, 2014 5:24 am

NASA photographed what they call a pulsar wind nebula in 2009. In layman’s terms it’s the remains of an exploding star but this time they were able to get images from high energy X-rays.

NuSTAR explains the spinning of the pulsar throws particles “into material that was upheaved during the star’s violent death. These particles are interacting with magnetic fields around the ejected material.”

Scientists aren’t sure if the particles are actually making the shape of a hand or creating an optical illusion.

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But Space.com classifies the Hand of God as pareidolia. They explain it as a”psychological phenomenon of perceiving familiar shapes in random or vague images.”

Not unlike seeing Jesus on a piece of toast.

News says the name is “believed to have resulted from similarities between the image and a portion of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel known as the Hands Of God And Adam.”

Either way, it’s a neat picture.

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