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.
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.