The Hand of God in Space?

Someone at the New York Daily News must have started celebrating April 20th a bit early. Because this beautiful supernova remnant, with a spinning, pulsing neutron star at the center:

is no excuse to run a poll asking readers if this is either the Hand of God or a natural stellar formation.

I could tell you about the power of PZ, and how since writing his post last week the numbers have gone from 40/60 to 5/95, but I’d rather tell you the one thing that every lefty knows: God is right-handed.

Thanks a lot — on behalf of all lefties — for the reminder, big guy.


  1. #1 jbrydle
    April 20, 2009

    The left/right should be indistinguishable from the 2D projection. I initially saw a right hand as well, but I can get it to ‘flip’ like a necker cube. Science!

  2. #2 John S. Wilkins
    April 20, 2009

    At any rate, we know He’s a member of the Blue Man Group.

  3. #3 NewEnglandBob
    April 20, 2009

    Don’t be daft, its a foot of an ape, not a hand.

  4. #4 chris g
    April 20, 2009


  5. #5 Lewis
    April 21, 2009

    Dr. Manhattan works in mysterious ways. His father was a watchmaker too (probably blind).

  6. #6 Wayne Robinson
    April 21, 2009

    I think that it is a foot. A right foot. It’s obvious; you can see the lateral malleolus clearly. But I hate feet; have ever since I didn’t get past the knee in human anatomy in university (it was the last thing taught before the final exam), and then the main written essay question was on the bones of the foot.

  7. #7 ShadowWalkyr
    April 21, 2009

    Well, I see a hand. And there are two fingers missing.

    Obviously, God had an industrial accident when creating the world.

  8. #8 Bobby
    May 9, 2009

    It Has To Be The Arm O fGod

  9. #9 Shannon
    November 1, 2009

    Foolish right handers, god is ambidextrous 😛

  10. #10 Robyn
    September 23, 2010

    wow… you really think its his hand it was a supernova maybe for you you want to believe it i love god but its not his hand ps im 14

  11. #11 crd2
    September 24, 2010

    Its definitly the hand of God. We can clearly see he is in the process of getting his Hot Pocket out of the microwave(s).

  12. #12 Maxwell
    December 16, 2011

    God is cool.

  13. #13 n
    March 20, 2012

    it looks ambidextrice.

  14. #14 john
    March 26, 2012

    fuck all those who hate god and think thers no god well ther is god and thers nothing you cock suckers can do about it and if ther was no god ther wouldent be life you fuckn arseholes so fuck and if those dickheads hate god or jesus and ther life well why dont yous GET A GUN AND SHOOT YOUR SALFS YOU BUNCH OF UNGREATFULL MOTHERFUCKERS.

  15. #15 NJ
    March 26, 2012



    By their love, by their love…

  16. #16 SM
    September 19, 2012

    Is he REALLY right handed?

  17. #17 Collie Stewart
    July 26, 2013


  18. #18 some dude
    United States
    July 26, 2013

    i take personal offence as i’m sure carl sagan would, at the 4/20 joke. i’m just going to take the easy route and quote him, “The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” please stop ignorantly insulting a flower.

  19. #19 sam
    January 11, 2014

    Its really god’s hand so everyone be ready to face him.

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