Space Images -The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula derived its name from its appearance in a drawing made by Irish astronomer Lord Rosse in 1844, using a 36-inch telescope. When viewed by Hubble, as well as by large ground-based telescopes such as the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, the Crab Nebula takes on a more detailed appearance that yields clues into the spectacular demise of a star, 6,500 light-years away.

This image was selected as picture of the day on the English Wikipedia for December 25, 2006.

Space Images - Crab Nebula

Date: 1 December 2005
Source: HubbleSite: gallery, release.
Author: NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)

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