NASA posts image of 'Hand of God', netizens are awestruck

Edited By: Manas Joshi WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Sep 27, 2021, 10:19 AM(IST)

(Image: NASA) The 'Hand of God' posted by NASA Photograph:( Instagram )

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The Hand of God is a structure in space formed due to a pulsar left behind by explosion of a star. NASA's beautiful image has everyone in awe. The image has gone viral online

Space is full of surprises and wonders. The beauty is unparalleled and sometimes we come across such a beauty that we can't help but be mesmerised and ascribe some meaning to the resplendent celestial structure.

Trust NASA to send such pictures our way! The space agency regularly posts photos it clicks via its social media channels. And on of its photos has us go gaga again.

The image is of 'Hand of God'. The photo shows a golden structure on the background of deep black of the space that has arranged itself to resemble a hand. And it would have been surprising if this would've got called anything but 'hand of God'. The structure appears to pop out of nothingness, just like a Supreme Being wanting to convey his blessings and nothing more. Take a look at the image.

NASA explains that the golden structure is a nebula of energy and particles blown by a pulsar. The pulsar has been left behind after explosion of a star. This pulsar is known as PSR B1509-58. It is about 19 kilometres in diamters. Mind boggling thing is that it is spinning around itself 7 times per second. It is 17,000 lightyears away from Earth.

Netizens are obviously awestruck at the images.

"It should be called "hand of Midas"!" says a user referring to the fairy tale of a king whose touch turned everything to gold.

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"How do you measure something that is only 19 kms in diameter from 17,000 light years away? That cray cray," exclaims another user.

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"For me it looks like fire from Lord Shiva's third eye,, and he is wearing an earring and his hairstyle holding ganga," a third user delves into Indian mythology.

No wonder the beautIful image has gone viral and has got about 25,000 likes already.

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