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About this Object

Object Name:

Crab Nebula, M1, NGC 1952

Object Description:

Supernova Remnant


R.A. 05h 34m 32s
Dec. 22° 00' 52"




6,500 light-years (2,000 parsecs)

About the Data

Principle Astronomers:

Data were provided by the HST proposals 9787 and 10526: J. Hester and J. Foy (ASU), and J. Morse (RPI); and proposal 13109: M. Weisskopf, A. Tennant, and C. Wilson-Hodge (NASA/MSFC), J. Arons (UC Berkeley), R. Blandford, R. Buehler, S. Funk, and Y. Uchiyama (Stanford University), P. Caraveo, A. De Luca, and M. Tavani (INAF), E. Costa (CNR), C. Ferrigno (Integral Science Data Center, Switzerland), D. Horns (DESY, Germany), A. Lobanov (Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Germany), E. Max (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), and R. Mignani (University College London).




F550M(V) and F606W(V)+POLV60

Exposure Dates:

F550M(V): September 15, 2005 and January 10, 2013
F606W(V)+POLV60: August 8, 2003 and September 6, 2005

About this Image

Image Credit:


Release Date:

July 7, 2016


This image is a composite of separate exposures acquired by the ACS/WFC instrument. Several filters were used to sample various wavelengths. The color results from assigning different hues (colors) to each monochromatic (grayscale) image associated with an individual filter. In this case, the assigned colors represent not only changes in different filters, but also the same filters taken on different exposure dates to highlight features that change over time.