Crab Nebula and Pulsar Feature Summary

Type:
From Physics Research
Title:
Crab Nebula and Pulsar
Description:
This visible light image of the Crab Nebula from the Hubble telescope captures the violence of a supernova event.

- The intricate filaments are rapidly expanding strands of gas left over from the original star.
- The nebula is lit up by the rotating neutron star, or pulsar, at its center.
- Learn more about Type II supernovae and pulsars through the Crab Nebula at Crab Nebula and Pulsar.

(This feature was updated on August 14, 2013).
Image:
Image credit: A. Loll, J. Hester, ASU, NASA, ESA; <a href="http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2005/37/" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/crab nebula.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
Image credit: A. Loll, J. Hester, ASU, NASA, ESA; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/crab nebula.jpg
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