Seeing Recognizable Shapes in the Cosmos

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PSR B1509-58

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First launched in 2009, this Chandra image reveals PSR B1509-58 – a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

What is pareidolia? It is the mental phenomenon where we see identifiable shapes in clouds, rock developments, or otherwise unassociated things or information.

When an image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 – a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles about 17,000 light-years from Earth – was launched in 2009, it rapidly acquired attention due to the fact that lots of saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission.

Pulsar Hand

A little, thick item just twelve miles in size is accountable for this gorgeous X-ray nebula that covers 150 light years. At the center of this image made by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is an extremely young and effective pulsar, called PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for brief. The pulsar is a quickly spinning neutron star which is gushing energy out into the area around it to produce complex and appealing structures, consisting of one that looks like a big cosmic hand. Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO/P.Slane, et al.

In this picture of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen together with infrared information from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (SENSIBLE) telescope in red, green and blue. Pareidolia might strike once again as some individuals report seeing a shape of a face in WISE’s infrared information. What do you see?

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, likewise took a photo (listed below) of the neutron star nebula in 2014, utilizing higher-energy X-rays than Chandra.

High Energy X ray Hand of God

The hand may appear like an X-ray from the medical professional’s workplace, however it is really a cloud of product ejected from a star that blew up. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has actually imaged the structure in high-energy X-rays for the very first time, displayed in blue. Lower-energy X-ray light formerly discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is displayed in green and red. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill



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