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Crab Nebula Movie Animations
Time-Lapse Movie Of Crab Pulsar Wind
Time-Lapse Movie Of Crab Pulsar Wind
Quicktime MPEG This movie shows dynamic rings, wisps and jets of matter and antimatter around the pulsar in the Crab Nebula as observed in X-ray light by Chandra (left, blue) and optical light by Hubble (right, red). The movie was made from 7 still images of Chandra and Hubble observations taken between November 2000 and April 2001. To produce a movie of reasonable length the sequence was looped several times, as in looped weather satellite images. The inner ring is about one light year across.
[Runtime: 0:19]
Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.; Optical: NASA/HST/ASU/J.Hester et al.
Chandra Time-Lapse Movie
Chandra Time-Lapse Movie
Quicktime MPEG The movie shows dynamic rings, wisps and jets of matter and antimatter around the pulsar in the Crab Nebula as observed in X-ray light by Chandra. The movie was made from 7 still images of Chandra observations taken between November 2000 and April 2001. To produce a movie of reasonable length the sequence was looped several times, as in looped weather satellite images. The inner ring is about one light year across.
[Runtime: 0:15]
Credit: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.
X-ray Image Dissolve to Black Hole Animation
Hubble Time-Lapse Movie
Quicktime MPEG The movie shows dynamic rings, wisps and jets of matter and antimatter around the pulsar in the Crab Nebula as observed in optical light by Hubble. The movie was made from 24 Hubble observations made between August 2000 and April 2001. To produce a movie of reasonable length the sequence was looped several times, as in looped weather satellite images.
Credit: NASA/HST/ASU/J.Hester et al.
Selected by the SciLinks program, a service of National Science Teachers Association. Copyright 1999 - 2003.

Animation Of Crab Nebula Geometry And Structure
Animation Of Crab Nebula Geometry And Structure
Quicktime MPEG This artist's conception shows how material from the rotating, magnetized neutron star at the heart of the Crab Nebula is flung outward and along the axis to form a thick ring and jets.
[Run time = 0:17 sec]
Animation: CXC/A.Hobart
Stills:
Animation Of Crab Pulsar Wind
Animation Of Crab Pulsar Wind
Quicktime MPEG This animation shows how the combination of rapid rotation and a strong magnetic field produces an ultra high-speed flow of particles away from a neutron star. As the flow moves away, it is concentrated along the poles and the equator of the neutron star. A shock wave, which shows up as a bright X-ray ring, marks the boundary between the equatorial flow and the surrounding nebula.
[Run time = 0:30 sec]
Animation: CXC/D.Berry
Stills:
3-D Motion Simulation
3-D Motion Simulation
Quicktime MPEG This simulation shows the Chandra X-ray image of the Crab Nebula which fades to a model that rotates, then fades back to the X-ray image. The model of wisp motions includes wisps moving into a +/- 5 degree wedge at 0.53c.
[Run time = 0:41 sec]
Animation: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.


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