New multi-wavelength image of Crab Nebula

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Crab Nebula

Cool image time! The image on the right, reduced and cropped to show here, was created in November 2012 using a number of different telescopes, both on the ground and in space, to image the Crab Nebula in as much of the entire electromagnetic spectrum as possible.

This image combines data from five different telescopes: The VLA (radio) in red; Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared) in yellow; Hubble Space Telescope (visible) in green; XMM-Newton (ultraviolet) in blue; and Chandra X-Ray Observatory (X-ray) in purple.

Be sure to check out the full image at the Hubble website. It is packed with fascinating details you need to zoom in to to see.



  • PeterF

    Interesting internal structures. I wonder how far away from “ground zero” a life sustaining solar system would have to be to be out of the “kill zone”?
    Want to get the politicians interested? tell them some of those “threads” are formed mostly of gold, thousands of AUs long…

  • LocalFluff

    The structure is said to be formed by the same physics by which wind causes ripples on a water surface.

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