Most detailed image of the Crab Nebula

This new Hubble image - among the largest ever produced with the Earth-orbiting observatory - gives the most detailed view of the entire Crab Nebula ever. The Crab is among the most interesting and well studied objects in astronomy.

This image is the largest image ever taken with Hubble's WFPC2 camera. It was assembled from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and is the highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:heic0515a
Type:Observation
Release date:1 December 2005, 10:00
Related releases:heic0515
Size:3864 x 3864 px

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula, Messier 1
Type:• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
• X - Nebulae Images/Videos
Distance:6500 light years
Constellation:Taurus


Image Formats

Large JPEG
6.2 MB
Screensize JPEG
440.7 KB

Print Layout

Screensize JPEG
471.7 KB

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Wallpapers

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 34 32.53
Position (Dec):22° 0' 54.87"
Field of view:6.41 x 6.41 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
SII
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
OI
631 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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