Crab nebula: VLT field, HST image outlined

Located about 6,500 light-years from Earth, the Crab Nebula is the remnant of a star that began its life with about 10 times the mass of our Sun. Its life ended on July 4, 1054 when it exploded as a supernova.

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About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0015c
Type:Observation
Release date:1 June 2000, 07:00
Size:800 x 804 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula, IRAS 05314+2200, M 1, Messier 1, NGC 1952
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar
• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6000 light years

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BandTelescope
Optical
B
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS2
Optical
R
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS2
Optical
SII
Very Large Telescope (VLT)
FORS2

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