The Crab Nebula

Left Image

Ths colorful photo shows a ground-based image of the entire Crab Nebula, the remnant of a supernova explosion witnessed over 900 years ago.


Right Image

This picture shows a Hubble Space Telescope image of the inner parts of the Crab. The pulsar itself is visible as the left of the pair of stars near the center of the frame.


Jeff Hester and Paul Scowen (Arizona State University), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:30 May 1996, 20:00
Size:2809 x 2061 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula, Messier 1
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Distance:6000 light years

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Colours & filters

550 nm Hubble Space Telescope

Notes: The right image was captured by a ground-based telescope.

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