Cosmic Ripples image created with FITS Liberator

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esahubble_ann2104c March 18th, 2021

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURAAcknowledgements: J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab), T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)  

This image was liberated with the FITS Liberator from the FITS file from the Gemini North telescope. It captures the heart of Messier 1, the Crab Nebula. Formed by a colossal supernova explosion in the year 1054, the Crab Nebula consists of the outer layers of a now-dead massive star strewn across a region of space roughly 10 light-years across. The ripple-like structures visible in this image emanate from the heart of the nebula, where a pulsar the dense, quickly rotating remains of the supernovas progenitor star is unleashing a hail of charged particles into the surrounding gas. The boundary where these charged particles slow down and pile up creates the bright ripples shown here. These ripples then expand outward over the course of months, causing the Crab Nebula to resemble a pool of disturbed water on an unimaginably vast scale.

Provider: Hubble Space Telescope | ESA

Image Source: https://esahubble.org/images/ann2104c/

Curator: ESA/Hubble, Baltimore, MD, United States

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Messier 1
Esahubble_ann2104c_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 34m 31.5s
DEC = 22° 0’ 45.7”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
0.8 x 0.8 arcminutes
Constellation
Taurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Green Gemini-N (NIRI) Infrared (Br-Gamma) 2.2 µm
Blue Gemini-N (NIRI) Infrared (H2 1-0 S(1)) 2.1 µm
Red Gemini-N (NIRI) Infrared (K) 2.2 µm
Spectrum_base
Green
Blue
Red
Esahubble_ann2104c_1280
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ID
ann2104c
Subject Category
Subject Name
Messier 1
Credits
International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURAAcknowledgements: J. Miller (Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab), T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)  
Release Date
2021-03-18T21:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://esahubble.org/images/ann2104c/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Gemini North, Gemini North, Gemini North
Instrument
NIRI, NIRI, NIRI
Color Assignment
Green, Blue, Red
Band
Infrared, Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Br-Gamma, H2 1-0 S(1), K
Central Wavelength
2167, 2122, 2200
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None, None, None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.6313226357, 22.0126918698
Reference Dimension
2160.0, 2160.0
Reference Pixel
1080.0, 1080.0
Scale
-6.16112629522e-06, 6.16112629522e-06
Rotation
-0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
ESA/Hubble
URL
https://esahubble.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
ESA Office, Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Dr
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
United States
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
ESA/Hubble
Publisher ID
esahubble
Resource ID
ann2104c
Metadata Date
2021-03-18T12:13:03+01:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

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