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esahubble_potw1720a May 15th, 2017

Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Dubner (IAFE, CONICET-University of Buenos Aires) et al.; A. Loll et al.; T. Temim et al.; F. Seward et al.; VLA/NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra/CXC; Spitzer/JPL-Caltech; XMM-Newton/ESA; and Hubble/STScI

This captivating new image shows the Crab Nebula in bright neon colours. The unusual image was produced by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to X-rays. The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) provided information about the nebula gathered in the radio regime (coloured in red). NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope took images in the infrared (yellow). The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope provided the images made in optical wavelengths (coloured in green). ESAs XMM-Newton telescope observed the Crab Nebula in the ultraviolet (blue) and NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory provided the data for X-ray radiation (purple). The Crab Nebula, located 6500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull), is the result of a supernova explosion which was observed by Chinese and other astronomers in 1054. At its centre is a pulsar: a super-dense neutron star, spinning once every 33 milliseconds, shooting out rotating lighthouse-like beams of radio waves and visible light. Surrounding the pulsar lies a mix of material; some of it was originally expelled from the star before it went supernova, and the rest was ejected during the explosion itself. Fast-moving winds of particles fly off from the neutron star, energising the dust and gas around it. These different layers and intricacies of the nebula can be observed in all of the different wavelengths of light. Links: Very Large Array (radio) Image of the Crab Nebula Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared) Image of the Crab Nebula Hubble Space Telescope (visible) Image of the Crab Nebula XMM-Newton (ultraviolet) Image of the Crab Nebula Chandra X-ray Observatory (X-ray) Image of the Crab Nebula Video of Crab Nebula seen in different wavelengths

Image Source: https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1720a/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Garching bei München, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Crab Nebula
Subject - Milky Way
Star » Evolutionary Stage » Neutron Star » Pulsar
Nebula » Type » Supernova Remnant

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red VLA Radio (S-band) 100.0 mm
Arrow_left_yellow Spitzer (MIPS) Infrared (Mid-IR) 24.0 µm
Arrow_left_green Hubble (WFPC2) Optical (SII) 673.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue XMM-Newton (Optical-UV Monitor) Ultraviolet (UV) 390.0 nm
Arrow_left_magenta Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Spectrum_xray2
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_magenta
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ID
potw1720a
Subject Category
B.3.1.9.1   B.4.1.4  
Subject Name
Crab Nebula
Credits
NASA, ESA, G. Dubner (IAFE, CONICET-University of Buenos Aires) et al.; A. Loll et al.; T. Temim et al.; F. Seward et al.; VLA/NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra/CXC; Spitzer/JPL-Caltech; XMM-Newton/ESA; and Hubble/STScI
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1720a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
VLA, Spitzer, Hubble, XMM-Newton, Chandra
Instrument
-, MIPS, WFPC2, Optical-UV Monitor, ACIS
Color Assignment
Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Magenta
Band
Radio, Infrared, Optical, Ultraviolet, X-ray
Bandpass
S-band, Mid-IR, SII, UV, X-ray
Central Wavelength
1e8, 24000, 673, 390, 0.8267
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
Equinox
Reference Value
Reference Dimension
5290.0, 5290.0
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
http://www.spacetelescope.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
potw1720a
Metadata Date
2017-05-08T18:59:21-04:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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