Crab Nebula seen in different wavelength

This video starts with a composite image of the Crab Nebula. The image was assembled by combining data from five telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, ESA’s XMM-Newton Observatory, and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The video dissolves to the red-coloured radio wavelength view that shows how the neutron star’s fierce wind of charged particles energise the nebula, causing it to emit radio waves. The yellow-coloured infrared image includes the glow of dust particles absorbing ultraviolet and visible light. The green-coloured Hubble visible-light image offers a very sharp view of hot filamentary structures that permeate this nebula. The blue-coloured ultraviolet image and the purple-coloured X-ray image show the effect of an energetic cloud of electrons driven by a rapidly rotating neutron star at the centre of the nebula.


NASA, ESA, and J. DePasquale (STScI)

About the Video

Release date:15 May 2017, 06:00
Duration:30 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Crab Nebula
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Supernova Remnant
Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Neutron Star : Pulsar



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