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Posted by abeodbart May 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

New photographs released by NASA have captured images of a vast stellar formation resembling a human hand reaching across space.

The image, taken by NASA’s space-based Chandra Observatory telescope, shows an X-ray nebula 150 light years across.

It shows what appear to be ghostly blue fingers — thumb and pinky clearly discernible from index, ring and middle digits — reaching into a sparkling cloud of fiery red.

NASA says the display is caused by a young and powerful pulsar, known by the rather prosaic name of PSR B1509-58.

“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.

CNN (Thanks Katie)

May 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

How long before it’s labelled “The Hand of God” ?

May 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm
Tash says:

thats fantastic, love it :-)

May 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm
Kevin says:

I thought it was a giant cosmic jellyfish. Or maybe the Squid of despair from Red Dwarf.

May 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Looks more like half a Goatse to me.

May 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Emma Rose says:

Theres another nebula that looks like a hand giving you the finger, but I can’t find the picture! :(

May 1, 2009 at 4:30 pm
EmilyT says:

Doesn’t really matter what it looks like, it’s beautiful!

May 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

If you like the ‘Hand of God’ you might also like ‘God’s Eye’ or the Helix Nebula to give it it’s proper title:

May 1, 2009 at 5:38 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Great,…I have tons of pics of space, which are complete works of art in my eyes…it´s nice to stare at a space fotograph and see if you actually recognize a scenery in it and then draw it in there…

May 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm
roz says:

that’s called the “friendship finger”, & it’s at

May 11, 2009 at 5:29 am
Dr. John Manhattan says:

Hey, its my hand, what do ya know.

June 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm
tripletrece says:

Here you have two paintings which seek to find, most likely a lot of faces. Some suggested in whole or in part by the painter and other pure pareidolia. What are these different levels?

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