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oconnellmd
04-05-2009, 02:18 AM
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/090404-chandra-nebula.html

Cosmic Hand Reaches for the Light
By SPACE.com Staff

posted: 04 April 2009
10:37 am ET

Tiny and dying but still-powerful stars called pulsars spin like crazy and light up their surroundings, often with ghostly glows. So it is with PSR B1509-58, which long ago collapsed into a sphere just 12 miles in diameter after running out of fuel.

And what a strange scene this one has created.

In a new image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, high-energy X-rays emanating from the nebula around PSR B1509-58 have been colored blue to reveal a structure resembling a hand reaching for some eternal red cosmic light.

The star now spins around at the dizzying pace of seven times every second -- as pulsars do -- spewing energy into space that creates the scene.

Strong magnetic fields, 15 trillion times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field, are thought to be involved, too. The combination drives an energetic wind of electrons and ions away from the dying star. As the electrons move through the magnetized nebula, they radiate away their energy as X-rays.

The red light actually a neighboring gas cloud, RCW 89, energized into glowing by the fingers of the PSR B1509-58 nebula, astronomers believe.

The scene, which spans 150 light-years, is about 17,000 light years away, so what we see now is how it actually looked 17,000 years ago, and that light is just arriving here.

A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).

http://michaeloconnell.com/spacehand.jpg

Evan Wiener
04-05-2009, 04:19 AM
So Crisis on Infinite Earths happened 17,000 years ago?

I love NASA photos.

Alexander Hamilton
04-05-2009, 05:09 AM
Holy shit! That's amazing and kinda scary. It's amazkascary!

leviathan
04-05-2009, 06:14 AM
Krona is coming!! :scared:

Nerdzner
04-05-2009, 08:50 AM
Oh god! The sky is turning red!! :scared:

Dark Sasha
04-05-2009, 08:56 AM
*Starts singing*

Magnum V.I.
04-05-2009, 09:14 AM
Fuck those Blue Lanterns! Fuck Baboo! He will not defeat the Red Lanterns!

The Count
04-05-2009, 09:15 AM
Does this mean we'll eventually have to relive Countdown? :-(

Nerdzner
04-05-2009, 09:17 AM
Does this mean we'll eventually have to relive Countdown? :-(

Dear God I hope not!;)

Darthdaw37
04-05-2009, 09:21 AM
Wow thats crazy

Dark Sasha
04-05-2009, 09:23 AM
Fuck those Blue Lanterns! Fuck Baboo! He will not defeat the Red Lanterns!

You take that back, you bastard!

Darthdaw37
04-05-2009, 09:57 AM
You take that back, you bastard!

:rofl:

Ryan Elliott
04-05-2009, 10:33 AM
Ahhhhhhhh!!

Ashwin Pande
04-05-2009, 10:50 AM
Well... holy shit.

Ahmed
04-05-2009, 12:55 PM
Does this mean we're all gonna be revamped/retconned?

Ryan Elliott
04-05-2009, 12:56 PM
Does this mean we're all gonna be revamped/retconned?


I hope so. The past five years haven't been all that great.


I could use a new artistic direction.

leviathan
04-05-2009, 01:00 PM
I hope so. The past five years haven't been all that great.


I could use a new artistic direction.

I demand a Legion-style reboot.

Nothing of the old me should remain and I should be hooking up with girls that I had never even looked at in my previous incarnation(s).

Ahmed
04-05-2009, 01:03 PM
I hope so. The past five years haven't been all that great.


I could use a new artistic direction.


17,000 ago. That means we may all have already been retconned and don't remember under the current continuity.

Ryan Elliott
04-05-2009, 01:06 PM
I demand a Legion-style reboot.

Nothing of the old me should remain and I should be hooking up with girls that I had never even looked at in my previous incarnation(s).


I could go with that.


As long as TDK and all it's impacts remain in tact in my and the public consciousness.