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NASA Reveals Incredible Images of Cosmic ‘Hand’ with ‘Bones’

NASA Reveals Incredible Images of Cosmic ‘Hand’ with ‘Bones’

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  • NASA’s telescopes capture “hand” pulsar MSH 15-52.
  • It’s 16,000 light-years away and resembles a human hand.
  • Helps scientists understand cosmic formation processes.
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Chandra and IXPE, two of NASA’s X-ray telescopes, have taken pictures of the “bones” of a cosmic “hand” that perished 1,500 years ago. The space agency released images of a massive “hand” with four “fingers” that are dancing in purple plumes around the Milky Way.

According to NASA, stars create extremely compact objects known as neutron stars when they run out of nuclear fuel to burn and collapse on top of one another. These stars develop into pulsars because they frequently have strong magnetic fields. According to the space agency,  “Young pulsars can create jets of matter and antimatter moving away from the poles of the pulsar, along with an intense wind, forming a ‘pulsar wind nebula’,” can succinctly define what a pulsar is.

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory made the first observation of the pulsar, PSR B1509-58. Through the use of a telescope, it was discovered that the object, known as MSH 15-52, is a pulsar wind nebula that resembles a human hand. The pulsar is 16,000 light-years from Earth and can be found at the foot of the nebula’s “palm.” Even a video of the celestial “hand” was posted on social media by the space agency. The caption of the video posted on the Chandra X-ray Observatory YouTube account reads, “Quick look: X-ray telescopes reveal the ‘bones’ of a ghostly cosmic hand.”

The observatory stated, The observatory stated, “A cosmic ‘hand’ has been X-rayed in a new image from NASA,” in the video description. Together, NASA’s Chandra and IXPE telescopes produced this amazing picture. MSH 15-52 is an energetic particle cloud shaped like a hand. These X-ray data help astronomers understand the formation process of objects like this one.

Take a look a the post below:

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Roger Romani of Stanford University in California, who led the study, shared, “The charged particles producing the X-rays travel along the magnetic field, determining the basic shape of the nebula, like the bones do in a person’s hand.”

“We’re all familiar with X-rays as a diagnostic medical tool for humans. Here we’re using X-rays in a different way, but they are again revealing information that is otherwise hidden from us.

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