Peering into the Heart of the Crab Nebula
Multiple observations made over several months with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured the spectacle of matter and antimatter propelled to near the speed of light by the Crab pulsar, a rapidly rotating neutron star the size of Manhattan.
In the year 1054 A.D., Chinese astronomers were startled by the appearance of a new star, so bright that it was visible in broad daylight for several weeks. Today, the Crab Nebula is visible at the site of that bright star.
About the Image
|Release date:||1 June 2000, 07:00|
|Size:||980 x 1100 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Crab Nebula, Messier 1|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant|
|Distance:||6500 light years|
Colours & filters
|547 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|502 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|656 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|658 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|673 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|