Mysterious Globule 'God's Hand,' Located 1,300 Light-Years From Earth, Revealed In New Image

January 29, 2015 12:14 PM

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Mysterious Globule 'God's Hand,' Located 1,300 Light-Years From Earth, Revealed In New Image

A stunning new image captured by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows, in intricate detail, a “cometary globule” named CG4, located nearly 1,300 light-years from Earth in the Gum Nebula. Contrary to what their name suggests, cometary globules have nothing in common with comets and are, in fact, small nebulous globules of gas and dust whose exact nature still remains a mystery.

The image, released on Wednesday by ESO, shows the head of CG4, also referred to as “God’s Hand,” while the tail, which is about eight light-years long and points away from the remnants of the Vela supernova located at the centre of the Gum Nebula, is not visible.

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