The Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952 or Taurus A)

 
The Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952 or Taurus A)

The Crab Nebula (M1, NGC 1952 or Taurus A) is the remnant of SN 1054, a pulsar wind nebula, about 6,000 light-years away in the Taurus constellation. It has a diameter of 11 light-years and is part of the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way.

The 958-year-old neutron star in the Crab Nebula is one of the best known pulsars. It rotates around its own axis 33 times every second and has a magnetic field of 100 million Tesla, over a trillion times stronger than that of Earth. The pulsar powers the surrounding famous Crab Nebula.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)

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