NASA has released a photo that it’s calling the “Hand of God.”
According to USA Today, the “Hand of God” photo is actually of a dying star, a wind nebula and a cloud of leftovers from the star’s explosion. Astronomers are unsure if the image is a optical illusion or if the objects in the photo are actually in the form of a hand. The exploded star is 17,000 light-years away and is about 12 miles in diameter. Astronomers say that the star spins seven times per second.
The “Hand of God” image was captured by astronomers from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Mission, USA Today notes.
“NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light,” Fiona Harrison, the principal investigator of the NuSTAR telescope, told NBC News.