A photo of Pulsar B1509 taken by NASA's
Chandra X-ray observatory(Photo: NASA)
April 15 (Xinhuanet)-- It looks like a hand of God reaching out into the cosmos,
but NASA says the display is caused by a young and powerful pulsar.
Taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory from it's
orbiting 360 miles above the Earth, the recently released photo of Pulsar B1509
captures the X-Ray nebula in a state shaped like a human hand.
"The finger-like structures are apparently caused by
energizing knots of material in a neighboring gas cloud," NASA said.
NASA estimates the shape spans 150 light years, but
it is caused by a dense neutron star that's just 12 miles in diameter.
Astronomers believe B1509 is roughly 1,700 years old
and is located 17,000 light years from Earth.
This is a picture taken by NASA with the
Hubble telescope in 2003. They are referring to it as the "Eye of God".
What it actually depicts is the so-called Helix Nebula, described by
astronomers as "a trillion-mile-long tunnel of glowing gases." At its
center is dying star which has ejected masses of dust and gas to form
tentacle-like filaments stretching toward an outer rim composed of the
same material. (Photo: NASA)