Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cosmic Giant ‘Hand’ Formed from Pulsar in Outer Space

Below is a weird image from a pulsar that taken by the NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. In case if you're wondering what a pulsar is, it is actually a dying star that produces a lot of light causing it to emanate "ghostly images" from afar. In Yahoo News!, they reported that "nebula around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light". PSR B1509-58 is the name of the pulsar, while the nebula is the the cloudy thingy you see forming a hand. You get the drift? I got an A in General Science in High School so you better believe that I know what I'm saying!
Cosmic Hand in Space
Upon seeing the image, it kind of freaked me out. Anyway, it's just a dying star whose explosion incidentally formed a cosmic hand reaching for a red light. What's going on there, we do not know. But I guess PSR B1509-58 will surely be missed by NASA astronomers because it is now running out of fuel. Gosh, when would our Sun die out like that?

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