(Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/McGill)
Some have dubbed it the Hand of God. For rather obvious reasons, if you think about it. In reality what we see in that picture is the result of an exploded star, and not God's literal hand emitting fire from her fingertips.
Did you roll your eyes when you first saw this or heard about it, perhaps thinking how silly some of your fellow humans are?
Or did you look at it with a sense of awe, as something of deeper symbolic significance?
I'm thinking of something Carl Sagan once said:
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.
That's what blows me away. I can't help wondering if that mustn't be the result of cosmic intelligence. Not an anthropomorphic hand in the sky, but instead a deeper order that makes possible you and me, yea, even our ability to even think about deeper significance possible.