There are still many unanswered questions about the cosmos. Some of them become more unsettling as Halloween approaches. Among the eerie celestial objects lately observed by NASA. Spacecraft are a ghostly, skeleton hand-shaped nebula and an eerie “face” on Jupiter.
Jupiter’s Unsettling Face
On September 7, the Juno mission, which has been orbit Jupiter and several of its largest moons since 2016. Conducted its 54th close approach to the largest planet in our solar system. The JunoCam sensor captured images of swirling clouds and storms along the terminator in Jupiter’s northern regions. Which is the line that separates the planet’s day and night sides. Pareidolia is a phenomenon where viewers see faces and other recognisable objects inside random patterns. It appears as though a Picasso-like face emerges from the chaotic atmosphere.
Publicly accessible on the JunoCam website. The raw data was analysed by citizen scientist Vladimir Tarasov. The low angle of sunlight enhanced the stunning quality of the image taken by Juno. As it sailed approximately 4,800 miles (7,700 km) above the planet cloud tops during the near flyby.
Two X-ray telescopes have now shown the “bones” of a blazing hand-shaped cloud that emerged in the wake of a star’s death. Physicist Wilhelm Röntgen utilised X-rays for the first time in 1895 to picture the bones of his wife’s hand. A giant star that had burned through its internal nuclear fuel. And imploded 1,500 years ago was the source of the nebula. Which is a cloud of gas and dust. MSH 15-52 is the name of the nebula. Which is situated roughly 16,000 light-years away from Earth. The dense material that remains after a star dies is called a neutron star. Pulsars are fast-rotating neutron stars with powerful magnetic fields. Newly formed pulsars are the source of this nebula. It release jets of energised material and have strong winds. The “wrist” is the destination of a jet emanating from the pulsar.
Map of Nebula
Since its debut in December 2021, this is the space observatory’s longest observing mission. The Astrophysical Journal released the new telescope’s operational data on Monday. Lead study author Roger Romani, a physics professor at Stanford University in California, said in a statement. The IXPE data gives us the first map of the magnetic field in the hand. The charged particles producing the X-rays travel along the magnetic field. Determining the basic shape of the nebula, like the bones do in a person hand.
Because of the telescope’s exceptional observing capabilities. Scientists are able to identify the locations in the nebula where turbulent regions.
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