Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cosmic Hand: Cool Astrophotograph, Slightly Silly Headline

"Cosmic Hand Reaches for the Light" (April 4, 2009)

"Tiny and dying but still-powerful stars called pulsars spin like crazy and light up their surroundings, often with ghostly glows. So it is with PSR B1509-58, which long ago collapsed into a sphere just 12 miles in diameter after running out of fuel.

"And what a strange scene this one has created.

"In a new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, high-energy X-rays emanating from the nebula around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light...."

Some objects in the sky - like the North American Nebula - look like things we're familiar with. In this case, a hand.

The article give pretty good background, with links, on the Chandra Nebula.

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