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The Crab Nebula
Picture of the Crab Nebula

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

This photograph captures the gaseous remains of an exploding star. A rapidly spinning neutron star embedded in the center of this object, called the Crab Nebula, is the dynamo powering the eerie interior bluish glow. Japanese and Chinese astronomers recorded the starís explosive death nearly 1,000 years ago in 1054.