Hand Of God

NASA has captured a new image of a hand-shaped formation around a star that has been dubbed the "hand of God".

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:14-18 NIV

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O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength
because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:1-9 KJV

Scientists said it was a nebula - a cloud of gas - around a neutron star called PSR B1509-58, or B1509 for short.

Neutron stars are created when massive stars run out of fuel and collapse.

The star has collapsed so much, NASA says it is only 12 miles across and incredibly dense.

When it collapsed, it also caused an explosion which cast gas and material out into space.

It revolves at seven times a second and in doing so it throws out huge amounts of sub-atomic particles in streams.

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It is the interaction between the particles and the gas that, when photographed with a special camera, create the amazing image.

A previous image of the "hand" was captured in 2009 by NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory - a telescope contained in a satellite which is able to see X-rays 100 times fainter than any detector on Earth.

The new image was taken by the agency's "black-hole hunting" Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuStar) which is able to see even the highest energy X-rays.

NASA says B1509 is 17,000 light years away.

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It is thought the hand was initially nicknamed the "hand of God" because it bears similarities to a detail from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, dubbed The Hands Of God And Adam.

Source: http://news.sky.com/story/1193065/new-hand-of-god-picture-taken-by-nasa Scripture verses from The New International Version

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