NASA’s image of the day: Seeing shapes in the cosmos

Date:6 January 2021 Author: Kyro Mitchell

NASA has released yet another stunning image of our galaxy. This time around the ‘image of the day,’ shows the spectacular pulsar PSR B1509-58 spinning neutron star and its surrounding neighbours, located around 17,000 light-years from Earth.

The interesting thing about this particular celestial destinationĀ is that it triggers a pareidolia sensation for many who view the image.

Pareidolia is a phenomenon where we see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. Many people have reported seeing the shape of a face in the image, while others see what appears to be a giant goblin in space.

Take a look at the image below to see if you can detect any unusual structures or shapes:


The image was captured using NASA’sĀ Chandra X-ray Observatory and Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope. The combined data from the Chandra X-ray and WISE produced an image filled with a variety of different colours, as you can see in the image above.

X-rays from Chandra X-ray Observatory are seen in gold, while the red, green and blue parts of the image were captured by the WISE telescope.


Picture: NASA


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