M1 Crab Nebula

Field centered on R.A. 05h 35' & Dec. +22° 00'

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. (text adapted from APOD).


Vixen VC200L @ f/9 + AP 900GTO SBIG STL 11K C2, binning 1x1, T=-20°C

L (90m) RGB (60:50:60m)


Gambugliano (VI) Italy






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