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Pluto New Horizons
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Mountains of creation
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Hubble paints giant mosaic of the Crab Nebula
HUBBLE-ESA INFORMATION CENTRE NEWS RELEAS
Posted: December 2, 2005
A new Hubble image - among the largest ever produced
with the Earth-orbiting observatory - gives the most detailed view so
far of the entire Crab Nebula. The Crab is arguably the single most
interesting object, as well as one of the most studied, in all of
astronomy. The image is the largest ever taken with Hubble's WFPC2
Credit: NASA, ESA and Allison Loll/Jeff Hester (Arizona State University)
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The Crab Nebula is one of the most intricately structured and dynamic
objects ever observed. The new Hubble image of the Crab was assembled
from 24 individual exposures taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space
Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WPFC2) and is the
highest resolution image of the entire Crab Nebula ever made.
The Crab Nebula is a six-light-year-wide expanding remnant of a star's
supernova explosion. Japanese and Chinese astronomers witnessed this
violent event nearly 1,000 years ago in 1054.
The filaments are the tattered remains of the star and consist mostly
of hydrogen. The rapidly spinning neutron star embedded in the centre
of the nebula, only barely visible in this Hubble image, is the dynamo
powering the nebula's eerie interior bluish glow. The blue light comes
from electrons whirling at nearly the speed of light around magnetic
field lines from the neutron star. The neutron star, like a lighthouse,
ejects twin beams of radiation that appear to pulse 30 times a second
due to the neutron star's rotation. A neutron star is the crushed
ultra-dense core of the exploded star.
The Crab Nebula derived its name from its appearance in a drawing made
by Irish astronomer Lord Rosse in 1844, using a 36-inch telescope.
When viewed by Hubble, as well as large ground-based telescopes such as
ESO's Very Large Telescope, the Crab Nebula takes on a more detailed
appearance that yields clues into the spectacular demise of a star,
6,500 light-years away.
The newly composed image was assembled from individual Wide Field and
Planetary Camera 2 exposures taken in October 1999, January 2000, and
December 2000. The colours in the image indicate the different elements
that were expelled during the explosion. Blue indicates neutral oxygen,
green singly ionised sulphur and red doubly-ionised oxygen. The Hubble
data have been superimposed onto images taken with the European
Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope at Paranal Observatory,