NASA Reveals “Hand Of God”

nustar-hand-of-godNo, you probably do not have to get your life in order just yet. The cosmic “hand of God” photo released by NASA is actually the result of the explosion of a star and the ejection of an enormous cloud of material.

It was captured by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, and produced from high-energy X-rays. Given the cuts in NASAs budget (while continuing to spend hundreds of billions on foreign wars), it is surprising the hand did not offer a more profane message.

27 thoughts on “NASA Reveals “Hand Of God”

  1. Seems to be a good place to listen, a la SETI, for signals from old civilizations if there are any.

    Our current scientific understanding is that all stars go into decline after supporting any carbon-based life forms on planets orbiting them.

    Many of those stars go nova, or like our Sun, expand out to disintegrate or otherwise destroy the planets near them before shrinking back down into white dwarfs or the like.

    That would mean that the oldest life, assuming evolution takes place on planets orbiting them, would be in those solar systems where the stars are at the end of their “life.”

    Perhaps SETI should listen for “cries for help” or “we are outta here” signals in those locations (No Need To Shoot In The Dark).

  2. nick spinelli

    The “NSA” typo is definitely Freudian, or maybe Orwellian?
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    Good eye Nick. The military NSA no doubt spies on NASA scientists too.

  3. Anonymously Yours

    Will the lost continent of Atlantis finally be found….. Is this a sign…..
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    Their descendants are in DC (Economists – Aliens From Cygnus?) sinking yet another civilization – ours:

    China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as “a landmark milestone” for the country.

    China’s annual trade in goods passed the $4tn (£2.4tn) mark for the first time last year according to official data, after exports from the world’s second largest economy rose 7.9% to $2.21tn and imports rose 7.3% to $1.95tn.

    As a result total trade rose 7.6% over the year to $4.16tn. The US is yet to publish its 2013 trade figures, but with trade totalling $3.5tn in the first 11 months of the year, it is unlikely to beat China.

    The shift in the trading pecking order reflected China’s rising global dominance, despite a slowdown in economic growth last year.

    (Clash of the Titans of Export – 3).

  4. The U.S. is the biggest market for Chinese goods, how about a tariff that will pay off their portion of the national debt in a couple of years?

  5. nick spinelli

    Dredd, I’m a P-eye.
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    If you retire from that, you could become an Editor with that “editor’s eye” of yours.

  6. Dredd, Actually, I’m a horrible editor. If I didn’t have a great secretary my clients would have thought I was dyslexic.

    And, after I wrote that, I thought of the great character in Lonesome Dove, Pea Eye. Not the sharpest arrow in the quiver.

  7. nick spinelli

    Dredd, Actually, I’m a horrible editor. If I didn’t have a great secretary my clients would have thought I was dyslexic.

    And, after I wrote that, I thought of the great character in Lonesome Dove, Pea Eye. Not the sharpest arrow in the quiver.
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    I dig.

    I have had good secretaries too.

    Without them people think I am a poet. ;)

  8. Maybe the “hand of God” could check to see if Jill had a comment or two snagged by WP? Thanks, in advance.

  9. No excerpt allowed. Please read at the link. The info must be know by as many people as possible. I found the link at naked capitalism.

  10. The “pinky” is obscured, but if one uses some imagination…

    I have a comment that’s in moderation. Could someone spring it, please?

  11. Great stuff these telescopes; ironic to call it the Hand Of God as the more we see out into space the more traditional religion falls by the wayside. True, the bigger & better the more some people will ‘blame’ a being bigger than the universe (so no longer in the sky) & assume it has to be single & omnipotent with zero proof or likelihood. I prefer to accept the premise of bigger than as senior to, which does suggest we were once bigger than it all or have the potential to be, even now. That beautiful melody with false lyrics: Dust In The Wind serves a purpose if you reverse the lyrics, because nothing lasts forever but you & me. A few million years & these suns & nebulae are all worn out!

  12. Of course theists are quick to jump in and assemble any indication that this might actually be the hand of god. My they are a touchy bunch.

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