X-ray & Infrared Images of B1509
Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in CLOUDS, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. When Chandra's image of PSR B1509-58, a spinning neutron star surrounded by a CLOUD of energetic particles, was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission. In this new image of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green, and blue. Pareidolia may strike again in this image as some people report seeing a shape of a face in WISE's infrared data.
(CREDIT: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infared: NASA/JPL-Caltech)