Saturday, December 4, 2010


The picture below taken by Chandra x-ray observatory shows what looks like on first glance a gigantic cosmic hand reaching out for a superhot doorknob.

Dissapointingly its not that.  The suggestive shape is formed by the charged/magnetized gases and clouds.  What else is remarkable in this picture you say?  The bright region near the wrist of the cosmic hand contains a pulsar (a neutron star) that spins like 7 times a second!!.

Unfortunately this remarkable image cannot be viewed by our human eyes as not only is it far away, but visible only in x-ray spectrum.....right.

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