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M1: The Crab Nebula from Hubble

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Robby, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Robby

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    M1: The Crab Nebula from Hubble
    Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester, A. Loll (ASU); Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin (Skyfactory)

    Explanation: This is the mess that is left when a star explodes. The Crab Nebula, the result of a supernova seen in 1054 AD, is filled with mysterious filaments. The filaments are not only tremendously complex, but appear to have less mass than expelled in the original supernova and a higher speed than expected from a free explosion. The above image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, is presented in three colors chosen for scientific interest. The Crab Nebula spans about 10 light-years. In the nebula's very center lies a pulsar: a neutron star as massive as the Sun but with only the size of a small town. The Crab Pulsar rotates about 30 times each second.




    (Via NASA)
     
  2. painkiller64

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    i am so thankful to you robbie for upping these pics and info. i do look forward each day to seeing what new one you do. thank you
     

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