NASA scientists were surprised by a strange shape they captured in a distant region of space. In a nebula located 16 thousand light-years from Earth, some elements look like hands when seen together. The image, courtesy of the North American space agency, can be seen analyzed in an article by CNN en Español.
The hand is very similar to the one seen in the intro of Dragon Ball Z. But in this case, since it is a big event, it is clearly not the shape of an ordinary creature, like those seen in the Toei series. . Animation and Akira Toriyama.
This mysterious hand is part of the nebula itself. It is known as MSH 15-52, and is a supernova remnant located in the constellation Circinus. It was discovered as a large radio source in 1961. It consists of a bright northern region and a fainter southern region, the northern part of the Hα nebula RCW 89.
The nebula that formed this supernova remnant was the product of an impressive explosion that occurred about 1,500 years ago. Estimates of scientists say that the catastrophic event occurred because of a large star that consumed nuclear fuel.
This explosion was so powerful that it sent shock waves into space, which interacted with the surrounding material to form the nebula.
MSH 15-52 is one of the brightest and most extensive pulsar wind nebulae known. A pulsar is a type of rapidly spinning neutron star. The nebula is powered by a wind of high-energy particles emanating from the pulsar.
The image was taken by the Chandra X-ray telescope, a project led by NASA for about 24 years.