Skeletal hand-like structure found hidden in deep space

slip, pillars of creation—There’s a new show in town and it’s called MSH 15-52. Attractive, we know.

Well, it’s not actually a new show—it might be better to call it a revival. The eerie pulsar wind nebula extends from the pulsar PSR B1509-58, which was first observed by the Chandra X-ray Observatory in 2001. But now, a collaborative team has integrated Chandra’s observations with new data from NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE). ), provides novel insight into a nebula that resembles a human hand. The researchers’ findings were published This week The Astrophysical Journal,

IXPE was launched into space in December 2021, a few weeks before the Webb Space Telescope. IXPE uses X-rays to understand some of the densest objects in the universe, such as neutron stars and black holes. last year as seen through binoculars Superheated plasma around black hole and saw Black hole closest to Earth– a relatively small one, about 1,600 light years from our planet. But IXPE also studies pulsars—neutron stars that produce bursts of light—and the nebulae that surround them.

To produce the latest image, IXPE observed the nebula for 17 days – the longest observation of a single object since its launch. The telescope collected data to analyze the magnetic field that provides fundamental support to the structure. “The charged particles that generate the ” NASA release,

An early X-ray image of the human hand, taken by Wilhelm Röntgen.

A noticeable feature in the ‘hand’ is a bright spot near its base, which flows towards the bottom-left side of the structure. This is an X-ray jet, and the bright spot indicates a region where multiple magnetic fields overlap and entangle. From this energetic hotspot, particles flow along magnetic field lines to other parts of the hand-shaped nebula.

Romany said in a guest blog, “On November 8, 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery of the Showing off with the rings.” on the moon Website, “IXPE follows Röntgen’s lead in imaging the magnetic field ‘bones’ of the cosmic hand.”

It’s becoming routine for NASA to release an image of a terrifying, hand-like structure around Halloween. Last year, the space agency Dropped a horrifying web telescope image Of the Pillars of Creation that made the area of ​​the Eagle Nebula resemble the dead hand of a zombie.

The purple, finger-like structure at the tip of MSH 15-52 is a dark orange-brown cloud. It is the remnant of the supernova that created the pulsar. So in a way, the nebula’s cosmic hand is reaching back to where it started.

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