Historic Nebula Seen Like Never Before

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chandra_800 April 10th, 2023

Credit: asdf

A new composite image of the Crab Nebula features X-rays from Chandra (blue and white), optical data from Hubble (purple), and infrared data from Spitzer (pink). Chandra has repeatedly observed the Crab since the telescope was launched into space in 1999. The Crab Nebula is powered by a quickly spinning, highly magnetized neutron star called a pulsar, which was formed when a massive star ran out of its nuclear fuel and collapsed. The combination of rapid rotation and a strong magnetic field in the Crab generates an intense electromagnetic field that creates jets of matter and anti-matter moving away from both the north and south poles of the pulsar, and an intense wind flowing out in the equatorial direction.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/crabx/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Crab Nebula

Distance

Universescale1
6,500 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 5h 34m 32.0s
DEC = 22° 0’ 51.8”
Orientation
North is 6.0° CCW
Field of View
5.4 x 3.5 arcminutes
Constellation
Taurus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Purple Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Blue IXPE (ACS) X-ray (V-band) 550.0 nm
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Purple
Blue
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ID
800
Subject Category
Subject Name
Crab Nebula
Credits
asdf
Release Date
2023-04-10
Lightyears
6,500
Redshift
6,500
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2023/crabx/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra X-Ray Observatory, IXPE
Instrument
ACIS, ACS, -
Color Assignment
Purple, Blue
Band
X-ray, X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray, V-band, Mid-IR
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 550, 2400
Start Time
2000-03-01-0000, -
Integration Time
91680, -
Dataset ID
769, 770, 771, 772, 773, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 4607, 13139, 13146, 13147, 13150, 13151, 13152, 13153, 13154, 13204, 13205, 13206, 13207, 13208, 13209, 13210, 13750, 13751, 13752, 13754, 13755, 13756, 13757, 14416, 14458, 14678, 14679, 14680, 14681, 14682, 14685, 16245, 16257, 16357, 16358, -
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
83.6333, 22.0144
Reference Dimension
3600.00, 2338.00
Reference Pixel
1762.46950877925, 1392.74104731193
Scale
-0.00002517748, 0.00002517748
Rotation
6.02536039311
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
World Coordinate System resolved using PinpointWCS 0.9.2 revision 218+ by the Chandra X-ray Center
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
800
Metadata Date
2023-07-18
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
6,500 light years

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