A Quick Look at the Crab Nebula

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The Crab Nebula is the result of a bright supernova explosion seen by Chinese and other astronomers in the year 1054 A.D.

Since it was launched aboard the Space Shuttle in 1999, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has looked at the Crab many times.

X-ray data reveal a spinning, super-magnetic dense star that creates jets of matter and antimatter and a blizzard of energetic particles.

A new image combines X-rays from Chandra (blue and white) with optical data from Hubble (purple) and infrared data from Spitzer (pink).

This composite adds to a scientific legacy, spanning nearly two decades, between Chandra and the Crab Nebula.

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