The ‘Hand of God’ Seen 17,000 Light Years Away From Earth


Nowhere is the awesomeness of God more clearly visible than in the spectacular sight and majestic beauty of the Universe, showing various celestial bodies that are beyond man’s grasp to fully comprehend in their complexities.

In one particular spot in the Universe, some 17,000 light years away from Earth (equivalent to 99,960 trillion miles or 161,500 trillion kilometers), the affirmation of God is all the more overwhelming.

When NASA aimed one of its most powerful telescopes—the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array or NuSTAR—at a pulsar or neutron star called PSR B1509-58, the astronomers were only expecting to see the remains of a dying star.

But what the telescope picked up was more than that. It showed a spectral vision of an outstretched hand—the “Hand of God” itself as many people are now calling it.

The “hand” is believed to be the remnants of a dying that star that exploded in its final moment, ejecting an enormous cloud of material.

The cloud of material when viewed via high-energy X-rays shows up as a green, red and blue hand, according to NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

According to Harrison, the pulsar—or the remains of the dying star—spins at an incredible speed of 7 times per second, “blowing a wind of particles into material ejected during the star’s death throes.”

“As these particles interact with nearby magnetic fields, they produce an X-ray glow in the shape of a hand,” she said as quoted by the Daily Express.

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SOURCE: Christian Today, Hazel Torres