NASA Telescopes Spot Bones of ‘Ghostly’ Cosmic Hand

NASA’s X-ray space telescopes have revealed the ‘bones’ of an enormous cosmic hand. This marks the second ‘ghostly’ apparition to be spotted by NASA this Halloween week.Of course, the structure isn’t actually a hand, but it represents something just as otherworldly: the magnetic field lines of a dead star, 16,000 light-years away from Earth.

Now, the space agency’s newest X-ray telescope, the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) has been observing the pulsar’s wind nebula for over 17 days, the longest it has ever looked at a single object since its launch in December 2021.’The IXPE data gives us the first map of the magnetic field in the ‘hand’,’ Roger Romani, a Physics Professor at Stanford University in California who led the study, said in a statement to NASA.

NASA X-ray Telescopes Reveal the ‘Bones’ of a Ghostly Cosmic HandNASA’s Chandra and IXPE data have been used to examine the pulsar wind nebula known as MSH 15-52 which is well-known for its shape that resembles that of a ghostly cosmic hand. Read more ⮕

NASA X-ray telescopes reveal the ‘bones’ of a ghostly cosmic handIn 1895, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X-rays and used them to image the bones in his wife’s hand, kicking off a revolutionary diagnostic tool for medicine. Now two of NASA’s X-ray space telescopes have combined their imaging powers to unveil the magnetic field ‘bones’ of a remarkable hand-shaped structure in space. Read more ⮕

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