Illusions in the PSR B1509-58 spinning neutron star

Date:23 October 2014 Tags:, , , ,

In a new image from Nasa’s Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 – a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles – X-rays in gold are seen along with infrared data from Nasa’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue.

Some people report seeing a shape of a face in WISE’s infrared data. This psychological phenomenon where people see recognisable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data is called Pareidolia. What do you see, if anything?

Image credit: X-ray: Nasa/CXC/SAO; Infrared: Nasa/JPL-Caltech

Source: Nasa


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