Moving heart of the Crab Nebula

While many other images of the famous Crab Nebula have focused on the filaments in the outer part of the nebula, this image shows the very heart of the Crab Nebula including the central neutron star — it is the rightmost of the two bright stars near the centre of this image.

The rapid motion of the material nearest to the central star is revealed by the subtle rainbow of colours in this time-lapse image, the rainbow effect being due to the movement of material over the time between one image and another.

Credit:

NASA, ESA

About the Image

Id:heic1614a
Type:Observation
Release date:7 July 2016, 16:00
Related releases:heic1614
Size:2125 x 2077 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Taurus
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 34 32.16
Position (Dec):22° 1' 6.63"
Field of view:1.77 x 1.73 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 92.4° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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