A TERRIFYING image captured by specialist NASA telescopes aimed at a galaxy 17,000 light years away has sparked online speculation the Creator of Universe has been caught on film.
The space agency’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array – or NuSTAR – was aimed at a pulsar (or neutron star) called PSR B1509-58 a staggering distance from earth.
What they were sent back was a spectral vision of an outstretched hand – which has become known as the Hand of God.
The ‘hand’ is believed to be the remnants of the star which went supernova and ejected an enormous cloud of material – leaving pulsar PSR B1509-58 in its wake.
The remnant cloud, when viewed via high-energy X-rays, shows up as a green, red and blue hand, a staggering 175 light years across.
NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said: “NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light.
“The new image depicts a pulsar wind nebula, produced by the dense remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova.
Hongjun An, of McGill University in Montreal, said: “We don’t know if the hand shape is an optical illusion.
“With NuSTAR, the hand looks more like a fist, which is giving us some clues.”
The red cloud appearing at the fingertips is a separate structure called RCW 89.
Some believers on religious websites are not so scientifically prosaic in their view.
A self-proclaimed pastor called Smote73 blogged: “This image shows God is everywhere in the universe. Perhaps showing his hand many light years away is to remind us he’s always there.”