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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Astronomy Tuesday

A more detailed than usual look inside the Crab Nebula -- Number One in Monsieur Messier's famous catalog of Things That Are Not Comets -- as seen by Hubble.

The star that went supernova and created this nebula in 1054 has now collapsed into a neutron star -- tiny by astronomical standards, incredibly dense, and spinning at the rate of 30 times per second. You can see the glowing gases swirling in the shock wave it produces.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA - Acknowledgment: J. Hester (ASU), M. Weisskopf (NASA / MSFC)

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