Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The "Hand of God" neutron star


Electromagnetic energy from a neutron star that has a really cool look. It's caused by a neutron star that is estimated to be just 12 miles in diameter, but the shape is 150 light years across.

Since light travels a bit less than 10 trillion kilometers in a year, this nebula is 1,500 trillion kilometers across.

And since one kilometer is equal to .62137 miles, this nebula is 930 trillion miles across. Our sun is 93 million miles away.

So the breadth of this nebula expanse would go to the sun and back 10 million times.

Now that's a hand of God!