NASA has released new photos of a stellar formation that resembles a human hand reaching out into space.
The photos, taken at NASA’s Chandra Observatory, captured the hand like image while photographing an X-ray nebula. The image shows formations resembling the skeletal bones of a human hand and forearm reaching for firey red and orange objects in space.
NASA scientists say the formation is the result of a young, powerful pulsar, created by a collapsing star, which is expelling gasses and energy that’s interacting with the objects around it.
From this CNN story:
“The pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star which is spewing energy out into the space around it to create complex and intriguing structures, including one that resembles a large cosmic hand,” NASA says. The finger-like structures are apparently caused by “energizing knots of material in a neighboring gas cloud,” NASA says.