The Crab Nebula

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

The nebula, which is 10 light-years across, is located 7, 000 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. The green, yellow and red filaments concentrated toward the edges of the nebula are remnants of the star that were ejected into space by the explosion.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:30 May 1996, 20:00
Size:555 x 605 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula, IRAS 05314+2200, M 1, Messier 1, NGC 1952
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6500 light years

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