Crab Nebula

A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almost a thousand years later, a super dense object -- called a neutron star -- left behind by the explosion is seen spewing out a blizzard of high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula. X-ray data from Chandra provide significant clues to the workings of this mighty cosmic "generator," which is producing energy at the rate of 100,000 suns.

More: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/crab/

Carnival of Space

-K. Arcand, CXC


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Combined X-ray and optical images of Crab nebula

Dale McKenzie - Very Amateur Astronomer
I'm just scanning over some x-ray/optical combined images of the Crab nebula taken by Hubble and I've noticed lots of black spots within the nebula that, on the face of it, seem to be devoid of any substance and I was wondering why these had occurred or what had formed them?

Can anyone give me a helping hand with this observation??


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