Image credit: A. Loll, J. Hester, ASU, NASA, ESA; image source; larger image
Crab Nebula and Pulsar
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).
You might enjoy visiting the Supernovae page, provided by the Goddard Space Flight Center, to learn why some stars die in a supernova explosion and how neutron stars are formed.
- Find out what specific star masses lead to which death at You Are My Shining Star, published by the American Physical Society.
- For more detailed information, see these pages on Solar-Mass Star death and High-Mass Star death from the Australia Telescope National Facility.
(This feature was updated on August 14, 2013.)