Changes in the Inner Crab Nebula

Scientists are learning more about how pulsars work by studying a series of Hubble Space Telescope images of the heart of the Crab Nebula. The images, taken over a period of several months, show that the Crab is a far more dynamic object than previously understood.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9622b
Type:Collage
Release date:30 May 1996, 20:00
Size:2809 x 2061 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

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Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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