the hand of god
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Is this the hand of God?
The stunning image was captured by NASA's Chandra observatory, which is orbiting 360 miles above the earth.
It shows a spinning pulsar, just 12 miles in diameter, in the centre of the 'hand'. The pulsar is releasing massive ammounts of electromagnetic energy, creating the dust-and-gas cloud that makes up the hand.
The red disc is another massive gas cloud, and it is believed that its gravitational drew the pulsar's cloud towards it creating the 'fingers'.
The cloud, or nebula, is 150 light years across, meaning that light takes 150 years to get from one side to the other.