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New imaging methods offer clues about Hand of God

At NASA, scientists have nicknamed it the "Hand of God".

It's actually materials ejected from an exploded star photographed for the first time in high-energy X-rays.

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, that imaged the structure in the high-energy X-rays for the first time, made the color blue visible to the eye.

Lower-energy X-ray images previously showed green and red.

The vision is called a pulsar wind nebula--and is really the aftermath of a supernova explosion.

The additional color provides new clues for scientists trying to figure out exactly what goes on with the stellar corpse.

One of the big mysteries they're working on is whether particle interaction with the materials makes it look like a hand, or if the material is, in fact, shaped like a hand.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill

 
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