Spine-tingling new NASA image shows ‘ghostly cosmic hand’ 16,000 light-years from Earth

We didn't need to know this was out there, NASA.
  • NASA shared a pretty scary image of a massive, ghostly hand in space
  • The ‘hand’ is actually a dead giant star
  • The agency also posted a photo of what appears to be a huge face on Jupiter

Published on Nov 2, 2023 at 2:47PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Nov 3, 2023 at 4:06PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Alessandro Renesis
Spine-tingling new NASA image shows ghostly cosmic hand 16000 light-years from Earth

NASA really got into the Halloween spirit this year.

First, the space agency released a playlist called ‘Sinister Sounds of the Solar System’, and hen they shared a pretty scary image of a massive, ghostly hand in space.

The photo isn’t fake.

But there’s an explanation for it that doesn’t involve a giant made up of stars coming to crush our planet.

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NASA posted a photo that it says shows the “bones” of a “ghostly cosmic hand”.

The agency uses X-ray telescopes to get a deeper look into space.

“We’re all familiar with X-rays as a diagnostic medical tool for humans,” Josephine Wong, an astronomer said.

“Here we’re using X-rays in a different way, but they are again revealing information that is otherwise hidden from us.” 

These telescopes captured what appears to be a severed hand in space, just in time for Halloween.

Mind you, the ‘hand’ in question is actually a dead giant star from 1,500 years ago.

When stars run out fuel they collapse, and a ‘neutron star’ is born.

A neutron star is really dense, rotates constantly, and is a site of extreme conditions that cannot be replicated on Earth.

This results in stars and winds combining to create this hand-shaped light show.

This particular star is 16,000 light-years away.

With one light year being 5.88 trillion miles, we’ll let you do the math on that one.

Not content with just a creepy hand, NASA unveiled another scary space image too.

This time a huge face, as seen on Jupiter.

We can clearly see two eyes, lips, and even nostrils.

Sure, it looks like the face in question is pressed up against a pane of glass but it’s still pretty cool.

Opinions were split on this Picasso-esque planet painting.

“The universe is a work of art,” one commenter said.

“Looks like a deflated human,” another said.

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